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Are There People More Susceptible To Malaria
Malaria: It's more of a location susceptibility than a person susceptibility. Certain parts of the world have high malaria risk. An excellent website for up to date info is the cdc website, cdc.Gov. When people are in those high risk locations, risk of malaria can be reduced by taking prophylactic medication, wearing long sleeves and pants and socks, and avoiding dawn and dusk outdoors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The word comes from italian "mala aria" (bad air), from the belief the disease was caused by unhealthy air in swampy districts. Spread by mosquitoes, the parasite enter the bloodstream & infect red blood cells causing high fever, shaking chills, sweats, vomiting, muscle pain, headache, anemia. First symptoms occur 10 days to 4 weeks post infection, symptoms occur in cycles of ...Read more
More great pages: More great web pages for you: all the info you want doesn't fit in our 400 character space! http://www.Cdc.Gov/features/dsmalariasurveillance/index.Html http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001646/ http://www.Who.Int/topics/malaria/en/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
Partial immunity: People who live in endemic areas have often had multiple bouts of malaria, which gives them partial immunity. They can still get it again, but it might be less severe than in someone with no prior exposure, or someone whose last exposure occurred many years ago. That being said, malaria is still a very important cause of death in people who live in endemic areas, so there's no sure protection. ...Read more
It can!: There are numerous drugs available to help prevent malaria when one is traveling to endemic areas. The drugs recommended vary from location to location. The cdc website has a good section for the traveling public on this. As an aside - and possibly for future reference if it actually works - a malaria vaccine is under development, and initial studies are promising. ...Read more
People who have sickle-cell disease are resistant to malaria (they can't get malaria). How is this possible?
They can get Malaria: In a person who has sickle-cell trait – the red blood cells are destroyed prematurely before the Plamodium can reproduce. According to one study “Sickle cell trait provides 60% protection against overall mortality. Most of this protection occurs between 2-16 months of life, before the onset of clinical immunity in areas with intense transmission of malaria.” See: ...Read more
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