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Can you get malaria if any mosquito bites you?

No!: Although malaria is transmitted by the "bite" of a mosquito, it is only one (out of many) mosquito species which can transmit malaria and even in an area where there is malaria, and the right type of mosquito, the majority of mosquitoes are not infected. Still, do not just take your chances, as malaria is a deadly, and completely preventable disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Malaria (Definition)

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


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Why don't mosquito bites in the U.S. cause malaria?

Malaria Mosquitoes: There are about 3,500 species of mosquitoes. Only 30 to 40 species of female Anopheles mosquitoes act as a vector for Malaria. The mosquito would need to be infected with one of the species of malaria parasites. ...Read more

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Can a mosquito bite give you the appearance of a malaria if it is something else?

Can a mosquito bite give you the appearance of a malaria if it is something else?

YES: Depending where in the world you are located mosquito bites can cause malaria, dengue, yellow fever, west nile fever, viral encephalitis and other diseases. Some of these are very difficult to tell apart from one another. ...Read more

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What are signs of malaria? I have received a lot of mosquito bites lately and am worried.

What are signs of malaria?  I have received a lot of mosquito bites lately and am worried.

Fever: The most important and universal symptom is fever, which can be accompanied by chills, sweats, headache, and feeling lousy. ...Read more

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Should I see a specialist for anopheles mosquito bite I got on vacation? I am concerned about malaria.

Should I see a specialist for anopheles mosquito bite I got on vacation? I am concerned about malaria.

Risk of malaria: Were you on vacation in an endemic area? Did you take prophylactic anti-malarials? How do you know it was anopheles? Lots of questions which should be addressed by a tropical/travel physician specialist or if unavailable at least an infectious disease doc. ...Read more

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I got bit by a female mosquito in Canada. Could i get malaria or any other infectious diseases?

I got bit by a female mosquito in Canada. Could i get malaria or any other infectious diseases?

Not likely: There are no arthropod borne diseases that are endemic in Canada and you are safe. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco or alcohol in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Vacationing with my family in Punta Cana. Despite all precautions, a mosquito bit me on my hand yesterday. will I get malaria now? skin colored hive

Vacationing with my family in Punta Cana. Despite all precautions, a mosquito bit me on my hand yesterday. will I get malaria now? skin colored hive

Not necessarily: The risk of your getting malaria or any other disease transmitted by mosquitoes is low. If you get fever, see your doctor without delay. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Can you get cellulitis from mosquito bites?

Can you get cellulitis from mosquito bites?

Yes: If you scratch the bite area repeatedly it can become secondarily infected infected. ...Read more

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Mosquito Bite (Definition)

Mosquito bites usually are not very visible on skin unless there is an allergic reaction or an infection following the bite. Allergic reaction will cause a redness white an infection may ...Read more