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Where Am I More Likely To Be Bitten By A Malaria Infected Mosquito
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 ...Read more
How long does it take after the bite of an infected mosquito, for someone to feel the effects of malaria?
1 week to few months: Malaria symptoms show up a week to a few months after being infected by a mosquito bite. Fevers, chills, 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Extremely unlikely: Malaria has a complex life cycle: the parasite goes through one evolution in the mosquito which then injects the next form into you while biting. This form is quickly taken up by the liver for another evolution to turn into the form which infects your red blood cells. Another form becomes ready for the next mosquito. It is almost impossible to be directly infected by a small blood exposure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes but low risk: The rate of infection during pregnancy depends on many factors, but remains low. It is about 1% in moms who have developed anti-malaria antibodies and about 10% in those that have not. However, I would be more concerned about the health of the baby as the parasite may pack the placenta and reduce oxygen delivered to the baby. Seek care from a ob/gyn who has experience with high risk pregnancies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes it does: The anopheles mosquitoes have been around for 150 million years and now have about 460 species. Beside malaria, some species can also carry filarial worms, various arboviruses, onyong-nyong, tataguine, equine encephalitis, canine heartworm- dirofilaria immitis, as well as other viruses. ...Read more
Nil: I'm pretty sure malaria is absent in Canada. In some areas in the east (maybe elsewhere) there are species of mosquito that could carry and transmit malaria if the parasite were ever reintroduced. But for now, probably no chance at all of malaria. Contact your provincial health department for a definitive reply, if you remain concerned, or if you have reason to suspect malaria. ...Read more
I live in the south and their are exessive amounts of mosquitos. How will I know if I get west nile or malaria?
Two issues: West nile fever is diagnoses only by sophisticated testing. The signs and symptoms are not specific for this disease. Malaria basically no longer exists in the usa except by importation by individuals acquiring it overseas, or by blood transfusion. I frankly would not worry about either, but use mosquito repellent. ...Read more
Heard of research about genetically modified mosquitos that produce 95% male offspring to eliminate malaria. What could be unintended consequences?
Great question: Am not aware of any known negative consequences of eliminating mosquitoes, but who really knows until it happens. Every time we mess with mother nature she seems to slap us silly. But for a disease which kills millions and drug resistant rampant anything promising is worth a try. ...Read more
Anopheles: Mosquitoes are the one's responsible for transmitting malaria. There are actually hundreds of different species. I've even heard that mosquitoes are the most dangerous 'animal' on the planet - although I think it may actually be humans. Check this out http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Anopheles Interesting indeed! Good news is we don't have malaria in the U.S. anymore (unless it's an imported case!) ...Read more
Mosquito illnesses: There are many different illnesses that are transmitted by mosquitos, including dengue fever, malaria, west nile virus, western equine encephalitis and yellow fever, to name a few. There are specific treatments for malaria, which do help most when started early. Even where there are not specific treatments, early recognition and supportive intervention can lessen the chance of complications. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ebola: Not yet. The virus does not survive in the mosquito's saliva. Mutations occur with some frequency but this has not yet transpired. The only means of transmission so far have been from some unknown animal reservoir (bats are suspected) or from human to human by bodily excretions (including sweat, saliva, stools, vomit, and so on.) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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