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What does it mean to test positive to malaria parasite?

What does it mean to test positive to malaria parasite?

Malaria: This means that you have malaria, assuming the testing was the microscopic examination of blood smears and the parasites were seen in the red blood cells or extrinsic to them. ...Read more

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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Can you tell me how chloroquine kill the malaria parasite?

Can you tell me how chloroquine kill the malaria parasite?

Antimalarial drugs: It's a little bit technical - but basically the medicine acts as a 'poison' for the malaria parasite. Plasmodium species have to digest hemoglobin (inside the red blood cell) to survive - but the heme molecule can be toxic when released. Therefore, the parasite tries to sequester that away. Chloroquine interferes with that step - thus leading to a slow poisoning of the parasite. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What is the best or common treatment for malaria in ghana and can the malaria parasites be killed so that the patient is diagnosed free of the disease?

Malaria: This depends upon the particular species of plasmodium with which one is infected. The doctors there are best qualified to make these choices, having the microscopic evidence with which to make the decisions. The parasites can generally be entirely eliminated, but the risk of re-infection is always present. ...Read more

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I have been had low grade fever for 3 month in nigeria. I am diagnosed malaria. What malaria parasite causes such symptom?

I have been had low grade fever for 3 month in nigeria. I am diagnosed malaria. What malaria parasite causes such symptom?

Malaria: Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease of humans and other animals caused by parasitic protozoans (a type of unicellular microorganism) of the genus plasmodium. Malaria causes symptoms that typically include fever and headache, which in severe cases can progress to coma or death. ...Read more

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I have been experienced low grade fever for 3 month in nigeria. I was diagnosed malaria. What type of malaria parasite has such symptoms?

I have been experienced low grade fever for 3 month in nigeria. I was diagnosed malaria. What type of malaria parasite has such symptoms?

Malaria: Hard to know without seeing the blood smear slides. The likelihood is that it is not p. Falciparum, but any of the other species can potentially produce this clinical picture. ...Read more

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My blood shows I have no malaria parasite but there are virus unknown.What could that be. I'm scared it could be hiv?

My blood shows I have no malaria parasite but there are virus unknown.What could that be. I'm scared it could be hiv?

Unknown virus: Have you had unprotected sex? Have you had sex with multiple partners? Do you use IV drugs? Do you share needles? Do you have any risky behaviors that could lead to HIV infection? If so, get tested (there are clinics that test & maintain your anonymity). If positive, there are many treatments that prolong life & help prevent opportunistic infxns. If negative, good. See comment:. ...Read more

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A friend of mine said if malaria parasites live in you for period or longtime. It can lead to liver problem or hepatitis b.True or false?

A friend of mine said if malaria parasites live in you for period or longtime. It can lead to liver problem or hepatitis b.True or false?

It's true: It depends on the species of plasmodium . Of the 5 known species that cause disease in humans, p. Ovale can stay in a certain form in the liver, and can present clinically years later. This species is typically found in western africa but have been reported in other countries outside this region. ...Read more

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