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How does malaria infect the body?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
From mosquito bites: Malaria symptoms show up a week to a few months after being infected by a mosquito bite. Fevers, fatigue, swelling of the spleen, etc... Usually occur. With medical treatment, the symptoms should go away in a couple of weeks. However, without treatment, and depending on the strain of malaria parasite, an infected person can have symptoms for a few years, up to a few decades.
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
Mosquito bites: A mosquito bites an infected person. The organism evolves in the mosquito. It then bites another person and the parasites get into their blood stream where they spread to the liver, evolve further and reproduce to be released into the blood intermittantly causing disease. This new person can now be bitten by another mosquito to continue the cycle.

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