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how does the immune system fight malaria?

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Dr. Carol Jacobs
Specializes in Pediatrics
Two stages: Natural Killer cells are the first immune step that seeks out the malaria to mark it for the body to "kill" it. A second step is the T cell that also seeks the genetic marker of the malaria to flag it for a "kill". Since malaria invades natural cells of the body it can begin to hide from the immune system and replicate. Consider vaccination if traveling in high risk areas with malaria.
Answered on Aug 23, 2015
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