Taking a Look at Malaria

663 Words Feb 19th, 2018 3 Pages
What exactly is malaria? Malaria is a disease caused by certain mosquitoes passing on parasites when feeding on people. The most common malaria parasite and is known to be the deadliest is plasmodium falciparum (figure 1). Once this parasite has enters the body, it takes a few weeks before it multiply into thousands and infects red blood cells. According to Malaria No More, it is also known that plasmodium falciparum is carried and transmitted by only female anopheles mosquito and feed on people between the time of 9pm to 5am (Malaria No More).

According to Malariasymptons.org, once a person is infected with malaria or the parasite plasmodium falciparum, they will experience fever-like sickness. The symptoms include “ fever, sweats, shaking chills, headaches, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea (malariasymptoms.org).” If malaria is not treated right away, it can lead to serious health issues for the person who is infected. It may eventually lead to kidney failure, seizures, mental confusion, coma, bleeding due to blood clots and even death (malaria symptoms.org).

Malaria parasites were first founded in mosquitoes who were reserved in amber and was approximately 30 million years old. It was known that parasites originated from Africa and from those who caught the parasites from chimpanzees and gorillas. One of the earliest protections from malaria were the Egyptians using large amounts of garlic and using bed…
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