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Malaria is a very serious disease caused by mosquito bites and tiny parasites that get into and multiply in the bloodstream. Symptoms may include headache, abdominal pain, chills, shaking, fever and sweats. Malaria can cause seizures, anemia, jaundice, heart failure, kidney failure, coma, and even death. To learn about malaria and how it can be prevented, see HealthLinkBC File #41f Malaria Prevention, BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) Malaria, and Public Health Agency of Canada Frequently Asked Questions – Malaria.
For specific information on protecting yourself or your children when travelling, see HealthLinkBC File #41a Health Advice for Travellers, HealthLinkBC File #41g The Pregnant Traveller, and HealthLinkBC File #41d Travelling with Children.
It is possible that the main title of the report Malaria is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
- Intermittent Malaria
- Acute Malaria
- Autochthonous Malaria
- Chronic Malaria
- Imported Malaria
- Induced Malaria
- Jungle Fever
- Relapsing Malaria
- Swamp Fever
- Therapeutic Malaria
Malaria is a communicable parasitic disorder spread through the bite of the Anopheles mosquito. Major symptoms may vary depending on which species of parasite causes the infection and the stage of development of the parasite. Chills and fever commonly occur, although not every case follows the same pattern. Although the disorder was once thought to be under control throughout the world, malaria is a widespread infection especially in the tropics where certain types of mosquitos are becoming resistant to pesticides. The annual number of cases reported in the United States has increased in recent years.
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