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Where Am I More Likely To Be Bitten By A Malaria Infected Mosquito
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
How long does it take after the bite of an infected mosquito, for someone to feel the effects of malaria?
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
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