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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Malaria (Overview)

A life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. These parasites infect red blood cells, causing high fever, shaking chills, sweats, vomiting, muscle pain, headache, anemia. First symptoms occur 10 days to four weeks post infection, symptoms occur in cycles of 48 to 72 hours.


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Malaria and typhoid fevers?

Malaria and typhoid fevers?

BothCauseFeverButDif: Typhoid Fever is a Bacterial Infection caused by a Bacteria Salmonella Typhi.It causes very high fever and is treated with appropriate Antibiotics.It is caused by eating contaminated food and water and is common in many third world countries Malaria is caused by Malaria Parasite which is transmitted to humans by the bite of species of mosquito called Anopheles in Asian,African and Latin America ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
358 doctors shared insights

Malaria (Overview)

A life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. These parasites infect red blood cells, causing high fever, shaking chills, sweats, vomiting, muscle pain, headache, anemia. First symptoms occur 10 days to four weeks post infection, symptoms occur in cycles of 48 to 72 hours.


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What bugs transmit malaria?

What bugs transmit malaria?

Anopheles Mosquitos: It is transmitted by bite of Anpheles Mosquitos ...Read more

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Malaria is fatal?

Malaria is fatal?

Yes : Malaria is a parasite which is spread by mosquito bites. Malaria is a serious illness and can be fatal. Death from malaria is especially commom in young children and pregnant women -- so prevention is very important. Travelers are like babies, they have no prior immunity to malaria. Learn to protect yourself from mosquito bites and take medication to prevent infection: cdc.Gov/malaria. ...Read more

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Do all mosquitoes transmit malaria?

Do all mosquitoes transmit malaria?

NoOnlyAnophelesMoqui: No only Anopheles Mosquitoes transmit Malaria through their bites ...Read more

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Is malaria cureable?

Is malaria cureable?

Yes: If diagnosed correctly and treated with the right medications malaria is absolutely curable. Right drugs, right doses, right length of time. Treating for the various stages of parasites--all this must be taken into account but good care does that. Please also note malaria is preventable for many in the first place. ...Read more

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Is malaria a parasitic disease?

Yes: It's caused by plasmodium, which is a mosquito-born parasite. ...Read more

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Is malaria prevalent in africa?

Is malaria prevalent in africa?

Yes: Especially in the sub-saharan region. If traveling, you should take appropriate prophylaxis medications. ...Read more

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Malaria prophylaxis needed for india trip in winter?

Malaria prophylaxis needed for india trip in winter?

More than Likely: Malaria medication & insect repellent, secure window screens, possible bed netting for malaria risk year round throughout country including cities of delhi and bombay), except altitudes > 6561 ft in himachal, jammu, kashmir, pradesh, or sikkim. Most malaria cases reported from forested madhya pradesh, maharashtra, orissa, gujarat, rajasthan, bihar, & karnataka. Also risks of dengue, chikungunya. ...Read more

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Docs, what's acute febrile malaria?

Docs, what's acute febrile malaria?

Malaria -bad disease: Malaria is a dangerous disease. 'Acute' just means it's happening 'now', over a short-course of time (most cases). Febrile just means 'with a fever' - and indeed most cases of malaria will have that, since it's such a raging infection. Best not to get sick at all - so if traveling, see a doc before hand to get information and protection. Above all, avoid the bite! when traveling in malaria areas. ...Read more

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Can dengue fever reoccur like malaria?

Can dengue fever reoccur like malaria?

Not exactly: Dengue fever does not have a liver stage, like some forms of malaria, that can lead to relapse. But you can become reinfected with a different strain of dengue even if you have already had dengue once. ...Read more

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Is getting malaria fatal?

Is getting malaria fatal?

It can be: Malaria can be fatal if not treated, especially malaria caused be plasmodium falciparum, and especially when it involves the brain. ...Read more

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Which species of malaria is responsible for malaria deaths?

Plasmodium: Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease of humans and animals caused by plasmodium protozoa. Among the five species of plasmodium, p. Falciparum is largely responsible for severe diseases including cerebral malaria. ...Read more

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Where is malaria and dengue fever most prevalent?

Where is malaria and dengue fever most prevalent?

Malaria & Dengue: Malaria is most common in tropical, sub-tropical & temperate areas in Africa, Asia, Central America, South America & the Indo-Pacific. Dengue is most common in tropical & sub-tropical areas of Africa, South-east Asia, the Western Pacific, Eastern Mediterranean & the Americas. ...Read more

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Can humans catch west nile encephalitis?

Can humans catch west nile encephalitis?

Mosquito bites: West nile virus must be produced in high numbers before being passed through mosquitoes. Birds are far and away the most frequent carriers. Robins look like they might be responsible for spread all over the country. Mosquitoes have to feed on the infected robin and then pass the virus on to human beings through a bite. ...Read more

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Why is plasmodium vivax and ovale called tertian malaria?

Why is plasmodium vivax and ovale called tertian malaria?

Type of Malaria: This a form of Malaria caused by Pasmodium vivax and ovale in which febrile paroxysms occur every 48 hours Vivax Malaria is difficult to cure as relapses are common. Ovale is caused by P Ovale and is milder and easy to treat Both are treated with Chloroquin ...Read more

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Can mosquitoes transmit aids like malaria ?

Unlikely: Hiv is a blood-borne and mucosal membrane transmitted disease, but the transmission by mosquitoes is very unlikely since HIV infection requires very high quantities of the infection to truly get someone infected. This is a remote possibility, but i would think it almost impossible. ...Read more

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Malaria yellow fever and encephalitis are transmitted by the male mosquito?

Malaria yellow fever and encephalitis are transmitted by the male mosquito?

Female: My university days are near 40 years past but i remember at that time the disease vectors of which you speak are from the adult female of the species who require blood for their life cycle. ...Read more

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What is tick borne encephalitis (tbe)? 

What is tick borne encephalitis (tbe)? 

Virus from tick bite: Tick-borne encephalitis (tbe) is inflammation of the brain, caused by one of several viruses that are transmitted by tick bites. A tbe vaccine is available in canada and some european countries, but not yet in the U.S.. ...Read more

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Which malaria prophylaxis is recommended when traveling to east africa?

Which malaria prophylaxis is recommended when traveling to east africa?

Several choices: Malaria is a parasite which is spread by the bite of a mosquito. Prevention of mosquito bites is essential in preventing malaria. In addition, travelers to eastern africa should take preventative medication. It is best to get advice from your travel medicine specialist as each medication (atovaquone/proguanil, doxycycline, or mefloquine) has benefits and side effects. ...Read more

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