Symptoms & Prevention of Malaria


A malaria diagnosis is usually made by a blood smear, looking for infected red blood cells ( 697, Tortora et. all). Symptoms include a high fever and chills, sweating starts as the fever ends. If the patient survives they have limited immunity, and upon reinfection the disease is less severe (698, Tortora et. all).

Every year, Malaria causes disease in approximately 650 million people and kills between 1 and 3 million, most of them young children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria survives due to poverty stricken populations that cannot afford proper medications or a simple bed net. (www.celtnet.org.uk/medicine/malaria.php).


Please play the movie to see what you can do to help fight the Malaria endemic!




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Below is a visual of the countries affected most by Malaria.




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Image taken from: http://www.dpd.cdc.gov/dpdx/hTML/ImageLibrary/Malaria_il.htm

The global distribution of malaria depends on the the ability of the vector to survive in the climate and conditions as well as the parasite itself. According to the Centers of Disease Control website, P. falciparum cannot complete its life cycle in temperatures below twenty degrees celsius, and the distribution is shown mainly along the equator, where it is warmer year round, at sea level and where is there is vegetation.
http://www.dpd.cdc.gov/dpdx/hTML/ImageLibrary/Malaria_il.htm

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