Is malaria present in Kruger National Park, South Africa?

QUESTION I am holidaying in South Africa in January. 2014 including a visit to Kruger national park. Do I need anti malarial medication? ANSWER According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), malaria is present in Kruger National Park: Country Name Malaria in Country Drug Resistance Malaria Type Prophylaxis for Areas with Malaria South Africa Present in the northeastern … [Read more...]

Traditional Treatments for Malaria

QUESTION What are some traditional treatments for malaria? ANSWER Many different cultures have had their own traditional ways of treating malaria. Perhaps the two best known come from the native tribes in the Western Amazon basin and the ancient Chinese. Tribes in the Amazon used the bark of a shrub called Cinchona to treat fevers and shivering; Spanish priests in this region observed … [Read more...]

Lasting Effects of Malaria

QUESTION What are the lasting effects of malaria? ANSWER Most people who get malaria and receive the correct treatment in time, usually have no long term affects of malaria infection. However some people who have suffered severe cerebral malaria (from P. falciparum) may experience some longer term neurological effects. There have been reports that up to 25% of young children with … [Read more...]

Pathophysiology of Malaria

QUESTION What is the pathophysiology of malaria? ANSWER Malaria causes disease through a number of pathways, which depend to a certain extent on the species. Malaria is caused by a single-celled parasite of the genus Plasmodium; there are five species which infect humans, being Plasmodium falciparum, P. vivax, P. ovale, P. malariae and P. knowlesi. All these species are introduced … [Read more...]

Short and Long Term Effects of Malaria

QUESTION What are the short term and long term effects of malaria?   ANSWER In the short term, malaria can cause a variety of symptoms including shaking chills, headache, muscle aches, and tiredness. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Malaria may also cause anemia and jaundice (yellow coloring of the skin and eyes) because of the loss of red blood cells.   Once treated, most people … [Read more...]

Malaria in Cape Verde

QUESTION Do you need to take Malaria Tablets in SAL Cape-Verde? ANSWER The risk of malaria in Cape Verde is very low. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US do not recommend taking antimalarials during visits there. In fact, the only part of Cape Verde where a few cases of malaria have been reported is Saõ Tiago Island, so if you visit there, you may just want to be … [Read more...]

How Much Time Between Mosquito Bite and Malaria Symptoms?

QUESTION If a mosquito carrying malaria is biting you, do you get sick the next day? ANSWER No.  There is a delay called the incubation period, which usually is between 7 to 30 days (depending on the malarial parasite the anopheles mosquito is carrying). The shorter periods are observed most frequently  from P. falciparum and the longer ones with P. malariae. Antimalarial drugs taken … [Read more...]

Malaria Effects on Brain

QUESTION Does malaria affect your brain? I was 18months when I had it and I almost died. I didn't talk until I was 3 years old and have always had troubles with schooling. Now I'm 23 and for at least 3/4 years I've had problems with my memory and speech. I don't know if its new or I have just been noticing it more since I'm older and I'm still experiencing my learning troubles. So can this … [Read more...]

Diagnosing Malaria

QUESTION My sister had fever before 2 weeks, she take tablets, and then she is fine. Then after three days she had a urine infection, take blood test and also urine test, the test result shows malaria is negative. Now she has fever. Take blood test, malaria is negative. Can she be affected by malaria or just urine infection? ANSWER Since your sister had two blood tests for malaria and … [Read more...]