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What is malaria?


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July 22, 2016 10:05PM

It can be caught by being bitten by an infected mosquito that is carrying the malaria parasites in its saliva. The malaria parasite is a microscopic organism called a Plasmodium and it belongs to the group of tiny organisms known as protozoans.

After being bitten by a mosquito carrying malaria, a person will not notice symptoms for one week to one month.

During this time, malaria parasites multiply in a person's liver before invading red blood cells in the bloodstream.

Once inside a person's red blood cells, the parasites continue to multiply and spread the infection.

Infected red blood cells eventually rupture, causing a person to experience flu-like symptoms that include sweating, high fevers and chills, and nausea.

As the disease progresses, a person's spleen and liver enlarge. Malaria may cause anemia or jaundice. In some severe cases, it attacks the brain and create neurological problems.

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July 22, 2016 10:00PM

Malaria is transmitted to humans form the Anopheles mosquito. Once the disease enters the blood stream the protozoan target red blood cells and cause them to burst simeaultaneously releasing millions more protozoan.