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Where am I more likely to be bitten by a malaria infected mosquito?

Where am I more likely to be bitten by a malaria infected mosquito?

Tropical climates: The types of mosquitos that carry the malarial parasite are quite rare in the continental United States, and are typically found in hot and muggy climates, especially in the rain forest. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Malaria (Definition)

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


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How long does it take after the bite of an infected mosquito, for someone to feel the effects of malaria?

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 more

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If you get malaria infected blood on your wounded finger can you become infected?

If you get malaria infected blood on your wounded finger can you become infected?

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 more

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How does malaria infect the body?

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 more

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Can malaria infect by unborn child?

Can malaria infect by unborn child?

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 more

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Can the anopheles mosquito cause any other disease except malaria?

Can the anopheles mosquito cause any other disease except malaria?

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

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What are the chances of getting bit by a mosquito and getting malaria in Canada?

What are the chances of getting bit by a mosquito and getting malaria in Canada?

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

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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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Heard of research about genetically modified mosquitos that produce 95% male offspring to eliminate malaria. What could be unintended consequences?

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

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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 you tell me species of mosquitos that could transmit malaria?

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

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Could you cure a mosquito bourne illness such as malaria or others if it is found early?

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

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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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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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How come the west nile virus and malaria are contracted by mosquitos but the aids virus isn't?

How come the west nile virus and malaria are contracted by mosquitos but the aids virus isn't?

Agree w earlier: Responses. HIV can only be transmitted between humans. The virus would be unable to remain alive in a mosquito. Even if it could, mosquitoes don't inject blood into people. ...Read more

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Can mosquito transmit Ebola virus as it does for malaria?

Can mosquito transmit Ebola virus as it does for malaria?

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 more

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Is there a complete cure for malaria? Is this cure effective after the mosquito bite?

Cure for malaria: There is a complete cure for malaria usually. But some strains come live in your liver and come back. ...Read more