How does malaria affect the body?


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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Did you know that you can contract malaria during a blood transfusion or organ transplant, or if you share needles with an infected person? Most people know that mosquitoes spread malaria, which is an illness caused by a parasite. ...

Malaria can be deadly, killing almost one million people each year, mostly in Africa, where infants, young children, and pregnant women are most at risk. If you are bitten by a mosquito that is carrying malaria you may experience symptoms like sweating, fever, gastrointestinal illness, chills, jaundice and/or flu-like symptoms. If you travel to countries with warm climates affected by malaria, protect yourself. Use mosquito netting around your bed, and wear insect repellent containing DEET. If you do get sick, your doctor can prescribe medications to prevent serious complications from malaria.

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