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is malaria a very serious disease to get nowadays?my big bro got it and he is at his college hospital unable to come home.will he be ok ?i hope they look after him well!

Malaria is a common tropical disease and affects a vast majority of population in many developing countries.

The malaria that is dangerous is the one that affects very young children or is not detected early enough (i.e. till the person becomes delirious and his brain has been affected - known as brain fever), or is caused by one of the strains - Plasmodium falciparum, which is resistent to many common types of anti-malarial tablets.

If he has already been diagnosed and has started the treatment, and did not reach very serious or critical stage before he was diagnosed, you can be assured that he is fine and he will recover very rapidly. Even in the severest cases, the fatality is relatively small (when you compare with other killer diseases) and is less than 20%. If your brother is in US, it does not surprise me that he has been hospitalized, as they would like to keep him under observation during the treatment and also ensure that he does not become a cause for transmitting the disease to others in the community through the mosquitos. It is also possible that he may be having falciparum malaria, for which it is best to give medication under observation and ensure that he is responding to the medicines, for some of which there is reported resistence.

Active malaria infection with P. Falciparum is a medical emergency requiring hospitalization. Infection with P. vivax, P. ovale or P. malariae can often be treated as outpatients. Treatment of malaria involves supportive measures as well as specific antimalarial drugs. When properly treated, someone with malaria can be completely cured.

Since malarial parasite affects blood cells, he is bound to feel weak for a while and with good nutrition and rest, he will recover fully and will not have anything to worry about.  (+ info)


Cheryl Cole has Malaria:

Do you think she'll be okay?

How serious is Malaria?

malaria is caused by female anophylous mosquito. medications like quinine sulfate given by mouth , intravenous or intramuscular.  (+ info)

What happened to malaria in the American colonies?

I tell my students that early colonists in the Chesapeake suffered from malaria. One asked me why we don't have malaria anymore. Ideas?

Quinine, from the bark of South American Cinchona trees, protected millions of people from malaria in colonial times, enabling exploration and colonization in areas otherwise habitable but for this deadly disease. When administered promptly, quinine has the ability to halt malaria symptoms in just a few days (Garrett, 1994). Qunine has significantly affected the earth's population, for better or worse, by greatly reducing malaria's ability to control populations, especially in cities where large numbers of people were in constant close contact with each other. Before quinine was introduced to India in the 1850s, malaria was killing 1.3% of the population annually. Quinine has allowed India's population to grow to 700 million, whereas without it, India's population would be about 7 times less (Hobhouse, 1986). Populations of natives from western Africa had a high frequency of sickle cell anemia, which has deleterious symptoms, but had the great benefit of rendering afflicted persons largely immune to malaria. For many centuries, blacks from western Africa were preffered slaves because they could work in areas where other people would contract malaria, an  (+ info)

Is it possible to have Malaria for 3 months and a low grade fever?

I have been running a fever for about 3 months.
and I have nearly all the symptoms of malaria but my fever is never super high its anywhere from 99 to 100.8 might have been 100.9 before.

there are times I feel almost normal then always get worse again,
is it possible to have malaria this time and it be mild?

If you have been exposed to mosquitoes, it is possible. You need to go for a blood test to find out if you have the malaria virus.  (+ info)

How has Malaria effected the net growth in Africa over the last 50 years?

How has Malaria effected the net growth in Africa over the last 50 years?

Probably not too much because malaria is easily treated. Many people in africa take anti-malarials when they develop fever.  (+ info)

Malaria, How long after a mosquito has bitten someone with malaria does it take to spread the parasite?

E.G. If a mozzie bite you and you had malaria then how long would the parasite have to incubate in the mozzie before it bite me and I got malaria. Thanks Chris

First the right type of mosquito must bite you.It is the anopheles mosquito not just any muzzle.After that it bites some one else and will transmit the germs it got from you into some one else body.The germs will spread fast and within 48 hours the person so bitten will become ill.  (+ info)

What parts of the body does malaria affect?

I am working on a project about malaria at school, and I need to know exactly what parts of the body it affects and the reason for why it affects these parts. Thanks.

The fundamental problem in malaria is the damage to the blood cells which in turn can damage other organs in the body including kidneys, spleen, liver, brain etc See sources below for additional information.  (+ info)

Which type of anti-Malaria tablets work best with the least number of side affects yada yada?

I am going to Indonesia this year on a trip with university and will be needing anti-Malaria tablets and was wondering which ones were best? I have talked to some people that say the most expensive are my best bet. Some of my friends have had anti-Malaria tablets before and suffered sickness and an aversion to sunlight, I'm not sure which ones they took though. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Artemisinin, a compound extracted from sweet wormwood (Artemisia annua), has been used for more than 1500 years in traditional Chinese medicine to treat fevers. Over the past few decades, combinations of artemisinin derivatives such as artesunate and artemether have proved highly effective against malaria. Try this natural remedy if you have any problems with pharma drugs. The World Health Organization allows this to be used and distributed.  (+ info)

How long does the treatment take to cure Malaria?

I'm in 7th grade writing a story about refugees, and malaria happens to be the disease a character has. I need to know this.

Thank you.
Thank you, Debonair. I searched and it says "Malaria can be cured if treated while in its early stages..." (http://www.hmc.psu.edu/healthinfo/m/malaria.htm) But yes, there isn't a vaccine yet.

Depends which species of the malarial parasite this character is infected with, and that will depend somewhat on from where exactly they are a refuge. Plasmodium vivax is the most common in Asia and the US, whereas P. falciparum is the most common in Africa.
For P. vivax the treatment is for about 14 days but there is a problem of drug resistance and relapse with this beast; it can recur throughout life. However it is not usually life threatening.
For P. falciparum the treatment is a bit easier and lasts about 3 days, the disease usually does not recur. However this form can be deadly if not treated quickly.
Hope that helps.  (+ info)

How did sickle cell anemia form because of Malaria?

I'm doing a presentation on sickle cell anemia and I read that it started to protect the red blood cell against malaria. I need to describe how it protects the person from malaria. Can anyone make it in simple terms for me? Im looking online and all i can find is information about malaria and a lot of medical terms that i don't understand.

FLAWDA::BABii - YES, a person with sickle cell anemia (SCA) does provide some protection against getting malaria. Only in some individuals do malaria episodes progress to severe life-threatening disease, while in the majority the episodes are self-limiting. This is partly because of host genetic factors such as the sickle cell gene.

The sickle cell gene is caused by a single amino acid mutation. Inheritance of this mutated gene from both parents leads to sickle cell disease and people with this disease have shorter life expectancy. On the contrary, individuals who are carriers for the sickle cell disease (with one sickle gene and one normal hemoglobin gene, also known as sickle cell trait) have some protective advantage against malaria. As a result, the frequencies of sickle cell carriers are high in malaria-endemic areas.

Most early studies of the connection between sickle cell trait and malaria allowed us to investigate this connection. The sickle cell trait provides 60% protection against overall mortality. Most of this protection occurs between 2-16 months of life, before the onset of clinical immunity in areas with intense transmission of malaria.  (+ info)

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