Malaria - Nathan Paul LEE


1) The common and scientific name of the disease.

There are specifically 4 types of Malaria disease, but the most serious type that effects our body is the Falciparum Malaria. The other 3 types of Malaria are (vivax, malariae, and ovale), but these 3 types of Malaria have generally less effect to the human body and are not life-threatening.

2) What causes it? How is it transmitted?

Malaria spreads in 2 main ways. The most common way that people get infected by Malaria disease are mostly bitten by an infectios female Anopheles. However, Malaria can also be spread through the body through a transfusion of infected blood or by sharing a needle with an infected person. The common way where people get infected by the malaria disease are the female Anopheles. The infected Anopheles pin it's needle through the body and inject the protozoan into the blood. The virus then travels through your bloodstream and to the liver, then the virus will start to spread and attack the red blood cells.

3) What are the symptoms? How long do they last? Is it deadly?

The symptoms of malaria include muscle aches, fever, chills, and headaches. Chills, fever and sweating that occur every 1-3 days are normal. Vomiting, diarrhea, coughing and yellowing (jaundice) of skin can be also determined if you have malaria disease. People who gets bitten by a Anopheles mosquito and gets infected by falciparum malaria may have bleeding problems, shocks, kidney, liver failure, central nervous system problems, coma, and death may occur. The malaria illness usually happens between 7-21 days, but, certain types of malaria parasites are longer lasting, some can be 8-10 months long if possible.

4) Can it be cured? If so, how? If not, is there any way that we can at least treat it?

Falciparum Malaria could be treated. The treatment that the patient has depends on which type of mosquito has bitten you. Different types of malaria are resistant to certain medications. The correct drugs for different types of malaria are given by a licensed doctor. However, if people gets infected by falciparum malaria can “die”

(which is basically because of late check with doctor or delayed treatment). If patient gets treatment immediately, treatment for this disease is possible and could be cured straight away.
Reference :
http://en.wikipedia/wiki/malaria
http://www.malariacontrol.net/forum_thread.php?id=6

Here are more cool video's and pictures about the Malaria Disease :

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This is how Falciparum malaria look like


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<= This is how a Anopheles mosquito look like