Malaria - Understanding And Precaution Is Our Way of Defeating The Disease

Malaria - Understanding And Precaution Is Our Way of Defeating The Disease

Malaria is an illness caused by a parasite transmitted by the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito to the human body. After this attack, the entered parasite disappears from the circulating blood and reaches the liver, where after a few days infected red blood cells emerge from the liver, thus infecting other RBCs available in the circulating blood. The latest release by WHO state that Malaria reduction translates directly into stronger economies and more productive communities. Every country has joined hands with WHO to eradicate this disease, however it is only possible if we become active volunteers and help and guide people around us.

Different Types of Malaria Parasites

Following are the types of Plasmodium (single-celled parasites) that can cause illness in humans

  1. Plasmodium falciparum (or P. falciparum)
  2. Plasmodium vivax (or P. vivax)
  3. Plasmodium malariae (or P. malariae)
  4. Plasmodium knowlesi (or P. knowlesi)
  5. Plasmodium ovale (or P. ovale)

Symptoms of Malaria

  1. Fever
  2. Headache
  3. Chills
  4. Malaise
  5. Muscle ache
  6. Nausea

The initial symptoms may resemble flu, however the actual symptoms appear after 7 to 30 days of infection, thus it is advised to get the diagnosis done from a certified doctor.

Written by: Dr. H. Kaur
Edited by: C. Soni

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