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Ian Eisinger

on 23 April 2010

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Transcript of Malaria

Malaria malaria is one of the worlds most infectious diseases. There are around 2 million deaths
per year due to the disease. Malaria is caused by the sporozoan plasmodium
and is carried by Anopheles mosquito. The organism enters the host by the mosquito's saliva and attacks the liver and blood cells to rupture and it causes high fever and chills. Symptoms can appear in 7 days. Occasionally, the time between exposure and signs of illness may be as long as 8 to 10 months with P. vivax and P. ovale. The incubation period may be longer if you are taking medicine to prevent infection or because you have some immunity due to previous infections.
Malaria is mostly between africans. Malaria is treated with a class of drugs which are known, unsurprisingly, as antimalarials. Antimalarial drugs are designed to attack the parasites which cause malaria, preventing them from spreading while also killing them off so that they cannot continue causing infection. The success of treatment varies, depending on what strain of malaria the patient has, whether or not the malaria is drug resistant, and whether or not the patient is able to complete the course of drugs needed to treat the malaria
By: Ian Eisinger
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