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  Frequently Asked Questions | CDC Malaria
Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans.
Malaria may also be transmitted from a mother to her unborn infant before or during delivery ("congenital" malaria).
Malaria parasites, which grow and develop inside the mosquito, need warmth to complete their growth before they are mature enough to be transmitted to humans.
www.cdc.gov /malaria/faq.htm   (3332 words)

Malaria is then transmitted to other people when they are bitten by the infected mosquitoes.
The incubation period for malaria is the time between the mosquito bite and the release of parasites from the liver.
Several malaria vaccines are currently being developed and tested across the world, but because the malaria parasite has a complicated life cycle, it is a difficult vaccine to develop.
www.kidshealth.org /parent/infections/parasitic/malaria.html   (827 words)

Malaria is caused by protozoan parasites of the genus Plasmodium.
Malaria is diagnosed by the clinical symptoms and microscopic examination of the blood.
Eighty per cent of the cases occur in tropical Africa, where malaria accounts for 10% to 30% of all hospital admissions and is responsible for 15% to 25% of all deaths of children under the age of five.
www.microbiologybytes.com /introduction/Malaria.html   (1211 words)

  Malaria - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Malaria is caused by protozoan parasites of the genus Plasmodium (phylum Apicomplexa): P.
Malaria was once common in the United States and southern Europe, but the draining of wetland breeding grounds and better sanitation, in conjunction with the monitoring and treatment of infected humans, eliminated it from affluent regions.
Malaria was eliminated from the northern parts of the USA in the early twentieth century, and the use of the pesticide DDT eliminated it from the South by 1951.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Malaria   (4801 words)

Malaria is caused by protozoan parasites of the genus Plasmodium.
Malaria is diagnosed by the clinical symptoms and microscopic examination of the blood.
Eighty per cent of the cases occur in tropical Africa, where malaria accounts for 10% to 30% of all hospital admissions and is responsible for 15% to 25% of all deaths of children under the age of five.
www-micro.msb.le.ac.uk /224/Malaria.html   (1211 words)

 MedlinePlus: Malaria
Malaria is a serious disease caused by a parasite.
Malaria is a major cause of death worldwide, but it is almost wiped out in the United States.
The type of medicine depends on which kind of malaria you have and where you were infected.
www.nlm.nih.gov /medlineplus/malaria.html   (315 words)

 MSF-USA: Malaria Information
Malaria has become resistant to older drugs such as chloroquine, formerly a very effective treatment, and sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine, although these are still in use.
An easier-to-use and more affordable malaria treatment was introduced in March 2007 by Drugs for Neglected Diseases (DNDi), a non-profit partnership launched in 2003 involving MSF, WHO, and public research institutes from Brazil, France, India, Kenya, and Malaysia, with the aim of researching and developing new, field-adapted drugs and drug formulations to treat neglected diseases.
Malaria is so common in Africa, many people who are sick assume they have the disease and will purchase malaria drugs on their own, often leaving the real reason for their symptoms untreated.
www.doctorswithoutborders.org /news/malaria/index.cfm   (1298 words)

 MDTravel Health - Malaria - Lariam, Malarone, and other drugs
Malaria is a parasitic infection of red blood cells and the liver caused by any of four related species: Plasmodium falciparum, P. vivax, P. ovale, and P. malariae.
Infections caused by P. falciparum are particularly dangerous because of a propensity for infected red blood cells to obstruct blood flow to the brain, causing seizures, impaired consciousness, and sometimes coma.
Malaria prophylaxis should be resumed one week after the first treatment dose, unless quinine has been used for self-treatment and mefloquine for prophylaxis, in which case mefloquine should be resumed one week after the last dose of quinine.
www.mdtravelhealth.com /infectious/malaria.html   (1821 words)

 WHO | Malaria
Malaria is a disease which can be transmitted to people of all ages.
The main objective of malaria vector control is to significantly reduce both the number and rate of parasite infection and clinical malaria by controlling the malaria-bearing mosquito and thereby reducing and/or interrupting transmission.
Malaria traps families and communities in a downward spiral of poverty, disproportionately affecting marginalized populations and poor people who cannot afford treatment or who have limited access to health care.
www.who.int /mediacentre/factsheets/fs094/en   (1364 words)

 Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Insitute | About Malaria   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Malaria is perhaps even tougher to combat than HIV or tuberculosis because of its multiple distinct life-cycle stages and its genetic complexity, which allows Plasmodium to adapt rapidly to drugs and to our immune system's efforts to render it ineffective.
Malaria is a febrile, mosquito-borne infection, classically characterized by periodic chills, rigors, and high fevers followed by profuse sweating, which occur at regular intervals of 48 to 72 hours.
Malaria is prevalent throughout most of the tropical world, producing a situation in which 40% of the world's population is at risk for acquiring this disease.
malaria.jhsph.edu /about_malaria   (778 words)

Malaria is caused by obligate intracellular protozoan parasites of the genus "Plasmodium".
Malaria is present in all "tropical and subtropical areas".
Fever: the hallmark of malaria; induced when the erythrocytes rupture and merozoites (and possibly an unidentified pyrogen) are released; vasodilation (and hypotension) occurs in response to the high fever.
www.kcom.edu /faculty/chamberlain/Website/lectures/lecture/malaria.htm   (964 words)

 NJDHSS, Communicable Disease Service: Malaria
Malaria is an illness caused by infection of the red blood cells with the parasite Plasmodium.
Today, virtually all cases of malaria which are diagnosed in the United States are a result of travel to parts of the world where mosquitoes are still infected and where malaria transmission still occurs.
Malaria is diagnosed by identifying the parasites in the red blood cells under a microscope.
www.state.nj.us /health/cd/f_malaria.htm   (685 words)

 Medmicro Chapter 83
Malaria is caused by protozoa of the genus Plasmodium.
Malaria is transmitted primarily by the bite of infected anopheline mosquitoes.
Malaria therapy is complicated by the fact that parasites may be present in the blood and the liver and that different drugs are required to eradicate each.
gsbs.utmb.edu /microbook/ch083.htm   (5653 words)

Malaria is a disease of the blood that is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes.
Malaria parasites can also be transmitted by transfusion of blood from an infected person or by the use of needles or syringes contaminated with the blood of an infected person.
Malaria parasites are increasingly resistant to chloroquine, the drug most widely used for prevention and treatment.
www.astdhpphe.org /infect/Malaria.html   (1409 words)

 HHMI's BioInteractive - Featured Infectious Disease: Malaria
Malaria is one of the oldest and most frequently occurring infectious diseases in humans.
Malaria is one of the leading cause of death in young children and pregnant women in tropical areas.
The association of malaria with stagnant water—now known to be a breeding ground for mosquitoes—led the ancient Romans to institute drainage programs, the first known malaria intervention.
www.hhmi.org /biointeractive/disease/malaria/index.html   (1032 words)

 Malaria and the Sickle Hemoglobin Gene
The complex nature of the malaria parasite life cycle in the human host presents several points at which the organism could be targeted for destruction.
Malaria does not occur in the cooler, drier climates of the highlands in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world.
In vitro malaria toxicity of thalassemic red cells is most easily seen in cells containing hemoglobin H (ß-globin tetramers) (Ifediba, et al., 1985; Yathavong, et al., 1988).
sickle.bwh.harvard.edu /malaria_sickle.html   (4035 words)

 UNICEF - Health - Malaria
Malaria infection during pregnancy is associated with severe anaemia and other illness in the mother and contributes to low birth weight among newborn infants — one of the leading risk factors for infant mortality and sub-optimal growth and development.
Malaria worsens HIV by increasing viral load in adults and pregnant women; possibly accelerating progression to AIDS; and potentially increasing the risk of HIV transmission between adults, and between a mother and her child.
The theme for Africa Malaria Day 2007 is Leadership and Partnership for Results, and the focus is on the need to work in partnership to reverse the progression of malaria and make a significant impact in endemic countries.
www.unicef.org /health/index_malaria.html   (1835 words)

Malaria is currently a problem in tropical or subtropical areas of Asia, Africa and Central and South America.
Malaria is spread by the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito.
Malaria may also be transmitted by transfusion of blood from infected people or by the use of contaminated needles or syringes.
www.health.state.ny.us /diseases/communicable/malaria/fact_sheet.htm   (515 words)

 Malaria Kills | Nothing But Nets Campaign
Malaria is a disease caused by the blood parasite Plasmodium, which is transmitted by mosquitoes.
Malaria increases school absenteeism, decreases tourism, inhibits foreign investment, and even affects the type of crops that are grown.
Malaria’s etymological roots are in the Italian language, and “malaria” translates literally as “bad air,” a reference to the early belief that the disease was caused by breathing the stale, warm, humid air found around swamps.
www.nothingbutnets.net /malaria-kills   (1036 words)

 Malaria - types of malaria, malaria symptoms, prophylactics, malaria treatment
Malaria (marsh fever, periodic fever) is a parasitic disease that involves infection of the red blood cells (RBCs).
Malaria is transmitted to people by a particular type of mosquito called Anopheles, which is found mainly in tropical and sub-tropical areas.
Treatment for malaria depends upon the geographic area where a person has been infected with the disease because different areas of the world have malaria types that are resistant to certain medications.
www.patienthealthinternational.com /article/501638.aspx   (370 words)

 Disease Information: Malaria - Travel Medicine Program - Public Health Agency of Canada
Malaria is an acute flu-like illness caused by one of four species of parasite of the genus Plasmodium, a parasite: Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium vivax, Plasmodium ovale and Plasmodium malariae.
Malaria is endemic (i.e., constantly present) in most of sub-Saharan Africa; in large areas of the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, Oceania, Haiti, Central and South America; and in parts of Mexico, North Africa and the Dominican Republic.
Treatment for malaria depends on several factors: the species of malaria causing infection, severity of infection, the age of the infected individual, and the pattern of drug resistance to malaria treatment in the area where the individual acquired the infection.
www.phac-aspc.gc.ca /tmp-pmv/info/pal_mal_e.html   (1648 words)

 CDC - Malaria
Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite.
Bednets, insecticides, and antimalarial drugs are effective tools to fight malaria in areas where it is transmitted.
Malaria Reemergence in Northern Afghanistan (EID, September 2007)
www.cdc.gov /malaria   (270 words)

 Malaria Research Activities, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Malaria continues to be the most important tropical parasitic disease in terms of annual mortality, making it a high-priority NIAID research area.
Approximately 60 percent of malaria deaths occur in the poorest 20 percent of the total global population, and the great majority of deaths occur in children under the age of five in Sub-Saharan Africa.
NIAID Research for Malaria Vaccine Development - The proposed malaria vaccine plan aims to address current gaps in the areas of clinical/field-based research on protective immunity and pathogenesis, as well as the lack of infrastructure for preclinical development and clinical trials of candidate vaccines.
www.niaid.nih.gov /dmid/malaria   (1709 words)

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