Malaria Is A Disease Transmitted By Parasites

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Malaria is a disease transmitted by parasites but mainly from female mosquitos. This disease infects the body with a parasite called Plasmodium. There are many signs and symptoms that occur and can be diagnosed by examining blood under a microscope. Malaria can be treated but not fully cured. Like AIDS , Malaria is transmitted through the blood stream and to the liver where they mature and release another form, called merozoites. The parasites enter the bloodstream and infect red blood cells. It takes approximately after two weeks for symptoms to start showing and begin to multiply . “The next 5-16 days, the host will show no symptoms but the malaria parasite will begin multiplying asexually. The new malaria parasites are then released…show more content…
Some may not even experience the symptoms until months later or not even at all depending on the mosquito bite. “The amount of time between the mosquito bite and the appearance of symptoms varies, depending on the strain of the parasite involved (#3).” Malaria can be taken as a different type of disease because the symptoms are not specific so it could be hard to diagnose. Getting ones blood tested is very important if you suffer from any of these symptoms including; high temperatures, headaches, diarrhea, muscle aches. “In rare cases, malaria can lead to impaired function of the brain or spinal cord, seizures, or loss of consciousness (#7).” There are two different types of symptoms for malaria, uncomplicated and severe. “Uncomplicated malaria typically has the following progression of symptoms through cold, hot and sweating stages: sensation of cold/shivering, fever, headaches, and vomiting (seizures sometimes occur in young children), and sweats followed by a return to normal temperature, with tiredness (#1).” Severe malaria if left untreated could be fatal. “Severe malaria is defined by clinical or laboratory evidence of vital organ dysfunction. As a general overview, symptoms of severe malaria include: fever and chills, impaired consciousness, prostration (adopting a prone or prayer position), multiple convulsions, deep breathing and respiratory
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