QUESTION Can your baby become immune if you're pregnant and you have malaria? ANSWER Some of the protective antibodies that the mother produces when she has malaria can pass to her baby via the placenta. There is also evidence for immune system "priming" in foetuses when their mothers have been infected my malaria during pregnancy. However, these potentially protective effects are usually … [Read more...]
Years of ill health – could it be malaria-related?
QUESTION I wonder if I have a long term relapsing form of malaria and would really appreciate your advice. I have worked coming and going between the UK and Kenya, Ethiopia and Eritrea for about 17 years in aid/international development (rural and urban areas). I stopped travelling to the region about 2 years ago. One of the reasons to stop this work was my poor health. Since about 15 … [Read more...]