High Body Temperature? Beware of Malaria
High body temperature in recent days? maybe it’s a symptom of malaria. Malaria is a disease caused by a parasite that is spread through mosquito bites and can be deadly if not treated properly. However, malaria is rarely found to be spread by touch from one person to another.
Causes of Malaria
Humans can get malaria after being bitten by a mosquito that contains the malaria parasite in the mosquito’s body. This malaria parasite named Plasmodium in general that transmits malaria is P. vivax, P. falciparum, P. malariae, P. ovale. The life cycle of Plasmodium consists of a sexual phase in the female Anopheles mosquito as the definitive host and an asexual phase in the human body.
How Humans Get Infected with Malaria?
When a human is bitten by a mosquito infected with the plasmodium parasite, the plasmodium will multiply in the liver and infect red blood cells. Because the parasite that causes malaria is lodged in red blood cells, malaria can be transmitted through blood transfusions, organ transplants, or the use of syringes used by patients infected with malaria.
Symptoms of Malaria
Symptoms of malaria appear between 10 and 15 days after being bitten by a mosquito. These symptoms occur in three stages over 6-12 hours, namely chills, fever and headache, then profuse sweating and weakness before the body temperature returns to normal. Prevent the spread of malaria-carrying mosquitoes