Malaria (the name is derived from mala aria – or ‘bad air’ in Italian – as Ancient Romans believed that swamp fumes produced the illness)
7 – 15 days after an infected mosquito bite
Signs and Symptoms
The first symptoms include:
If not treated within 24 hours, P. falciparum malaria can progress to severe illness with these symptoms:
Laboratory testing of blood samples (rapid diagnostic testing is also available)
Prevention: What Can You Do?
Malaria In the News
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[…] Typically, when we think of deadly animals, we think of animals like lions, sharks, or snakes. But the mosquito is the deadliest animal in the world because of how many people it kills every year. Though the origin of the name “mosquito” is a Spanish/Portuguese word meaning “little fly”, the impact these animals have on people all over the world is not ‘little;’ they transmit many infectious diseases including Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya, yellow fever and malaria. […]