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how could you get malaria?

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Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
Mosquito bite: A bite from an infected anophele mosquito can transmit one of the plasmodia ( malariae, vivax or ovale) that cause malaria in to your blood stream, malaria may also be transmitted from needle sharing from infected drug users, blood transfusion infected by malaria, solid organ transplant from infected donors.
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 45 years experience
Also Mother to Baby: Congenital malaria occurs in which the infected mother transmits malaria to the unborn child. When this occurs there is an increased risk of low birth weight, fetal anemia, premature delivery, and potential for stillbirth.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is malaria a serious disease to get nowadays?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes, still serious: Malaria symptoms show up a week to a few months after being infected by a mosquito bite. Fevers, chills, fatigue, swelling of the spleen, etc... Usually occur as red blood cells break apart. With treatment, the symptoms should go away in a couple of weeks. However, without treatment, and depending on the type of malaria, an infected person can have symptoms for a few years, up to a few decades.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Is getting malaria fatal?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
It can be: Malaria can be fatal if not treated, especially malaria caused be plasmodium falciparum, and especially when it involves the brain.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Do people from the united states get malaria?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
No: I assume you mean in the usa. There is currently no malaria being transmitted in the usa. Last year there were some cases transmitted in key west florida. Intermittantly there are cases transmitted in southern texas. Of course being "from the United States" won't protect you if you go into countries where malaria is endemic. The parasite doesn't respect our us passports.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What happens once you get malaria?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
You develop Sx's: which may include: headache, fever, shivering, sweating, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dry cough, muscle/joint/back pain & enlarged spleen. There is a cyclic pattern of being very cold & shivering followed by feeling very hot and sweating. Additionally one can develop jaundice, blood in urine, anemia, eye problems (nystagmus, problems with eye movements), seizures & coma.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Who can't get malaria?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Malaria: People who never travel to endemic Malaria areas will not get Malaria.

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