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What is malaria?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Infection

Malaria is a mosquito-spread infectious disease of humans & other animals caused by eukaryotic protists (a microorganism).
The protists act as parasites within red blood cells, causing symptoms that usually include fever & headache, in severe cases progressing to coma or death. The disease is widespread in tropical & subtropical regions in a broad band around the equator.

In brief: Infection

Malaria is a mosquito-spread infectious disease of humans & other animals caused by eukaryotic protists (a microorganism).
The protists act as parasites within red blood cells, causing symptoms that usually include fever & headache, in severe cases progressing to coma or death. The disease is widespread in tropical & subtropical regions in a broad band around the equator.
Dr. Maritza Baez
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Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Mosquito-borne inf.

Mosquito-borne infectious disease cause by these organisms: plasmodium falciparum, plasmodium ovale, plasmodium vivax, plasmodium malariae; infection cause fever, bodyache, sweating, headache, anemia etc.
.., death can occur in severe infection.

In brief: Mosquito-borne inf.

Mosquito-borne infectious disease cause by these organisms: plasmodium falciparum, plasmodium ovale, plasmodium vivax, plasmodium malariae; infection cause fever, bodyache, sweating, headache, anemia etc.
.., death can occur in severe infection.
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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Agree and...

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 48 to 72 hours.

In brief: Agree and...

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 48 to 72 hours.
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Dr. Henry Selke
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
2 doctors agree

In brief: ...

Malaria is a parasitic infection transmitted by mosquitoes.
Symptoms include fever, chills, and a flu-like illness. If not treated, people can develop severe complications and die. Africa is impacted the most by malaria. About 1500 people in the us are diagnosed each year with malaria and these are typically returning travelers. Prevention with meds is best. See a travel doctor before a trip.

In brief: ...

Malaria is a parasitic infection transmitted by mosquitoes.
Symptoms include fever, chills, and a flu-like illness. If not treated, people can develop severe complications and die. Africa is impacted the most by malaria. About 1500 people in the us are diagnosed each year with malaria and these are typically returning travelers. Prevention with meds is best. See a travel doctor before a trip.
Dr. Henry Selke
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Malaria

Malaria is a protozoan parasitic infection spread by mosquitoes.
Malaria is most common in tropical, sub-tropical & temperate areas in Africa, Asia, Central America, South America and Indo-Pacific. Malaria sx's may include: headache, fever, shivering, sweating, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dry cough, muscle/joint/back pain & enlarged spleen. There is a cyclic pattern of being very cold & shivering

In brief: Malaria

Malaria is a protozoan parasitic infection spread by mosquitoes.
Malaria is most common in tropical, sub-tropical & temperate areas in Africa, Asia, Central America, South America and Indo-Pacific. Malaria sx's may include: headache, fever, shivering, sweating, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dry cough, muscle/joint/back pain & enlarged spleen. There is a cyclic pattern of being very cold & shivering
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followed by feeling very hot and sweating. Additionally one can develop jaundice, blood in urine, anemia, eye problems (nystagmus, problems with eye movements), seizures & coma.
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