QUESTION What is malaria, and drug binding site? ANSWER Malaria is caused by a single-celled protozoan parasite of the genus Plasmodium. Five kinds of Plasmodium are known to infect people: P. falciparum, P. vivax, P. ovale, P. malariae and P. knowlesi. There is no one drug binding site with respect to malaria: different anti-malarial drugs have different modes of action, and not all … [Read more...]
Malaria and Ross River Fever
QUESTION Is malaria similar to Ross river Fever which is common in Australia? If you have Ross River and get bitten by a mosquito can the mosquito pass it on to some one else. ANSWER Ross River fever is similar to malaria in that both are transmitted by mosquitoes. However, Ross River fever is caused by a virus, whereas malaria is caused by a protozoan (single-celled) parasite. Also, the … [Read more...]
QUESTION Is Plasmodium a bacteria. Why? ANSWER No, Plasmodium is actually a protozoan—that is, a single-celled organism that is usually microscopic and belongs to the Domain Eukaryota (which also includes all plants and animals, but excludes bacteria and archaea). More specifically, Plasmodium belongs to the Apicomplexa group of protozoans, which are characterised as being parasites of … [Read more...]
Who introduced malaria in which century?
QUESTION Who introduced malaria in which century, how does it cause malaria and what is the virus' name? ANSWER Malaria wasn't introduced; it has been evolving alongside humans for thousands, if not millions of years. The first known mention of malaria by humans is in an ancient Chinese medical text, from 2700 BCE (before common era). Other ancient people, such as the Romans and the … [Read more...]