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my son was diagnosed with malaria++he was hospitalised as a result for a day. what is malaria++ &what is the cure,because for my son it was severe?

By Anonymous November 10, 2011 - 7:03pm
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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thanks for your question.  So sorry to hear this. Malaria is an infectious disease caused by a parasite, Plasmodium, which infects red blood cells. Malaria is characterized by cycles of chills, fever, pain, and sweating.  The disease is transmitted to humans when an infected Anopheles mosquito bites a person and injects the malaria parasites (sporozoites) into the blood.  Three main factors determine treatments: the infecting species of Plasmodium parasite, the clinical situation of the patient (for example, adult, child, or pregnant female with either mild or severe malaria), and the drug susceptibility of the infecting parasites. 

Mild malaria can be treated with oral medication; severe malaria (one or more symptoms of either impaired consciousness/coma, severe anemia, renal failure, pulmonary edema, acute respiratory distress syndrome, shock, disseminated intravascular coagulation, spontaneous bleeding, acidosis, hemoglobinuria [hemoglobin in the urine], jaundice, repeated generalized convulsions, and/or parasitemia requires intravenous (IV) drug treatment and fluids in the hospital. 

Here's a link that can help.


Hope this helps,


November 11, 2011 - 4:35am
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