Malaria is an infectious disease due to the presence of a parasite called Plasmodium within the red blood cells. The disease is transmitted by a certain type of mosquito called Anopheles, found mainly in Tropical and Sub-tropical areas.
With malaria the red blood cells are destroyed by these parasites as they multiply. Symptoms include fever, shivering, sweating and a general feeling of malaise.
The loss by the damaged red blood cells will cause anaemia. The incubation of these parasites can vary from 12 days to 10 months. It is important to take anti-malarial tablets if you are visiting areas known to have this type of mosquito. There are different types of Malaria which relate to the time span between episodes of fever.
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