Malaria Broadly speaking, malaria is one of the most pervasive diseases affecting world cultures. The disease occurs as direct result of mosquito infection. Specifically, the disease occurs in humans as they are affected by eukaryotic protists from the Plasmodium genus (Packard 2007). While malaria occurs through the world, its most prevalent areas of occurrence emerge in sub-tropical regions, particularly in the Americans, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia. The predominance of occurrences in these areas is due to the manifestation of swampland and high mosquito populations that carry and spread the disease. There are many notable symptoms of malaria. In these regards, the most prevalently occurring symptoms are arthralgia, shivering, and high fevers. While nearly all individuals will experience these symptoms, as the diseases progresses those infected by it will increasingly demonstrate vomiting, anemia, and hemoglobinuria (Webb 2009). The most severe symptoms demonstrate convulsions and even retinal damage. The first instances of malaria symptoms are 24-36 hours shifts between hot and old fevers and symptoms. After a week the symptoms progress and severe malaria sets in. This stage is characterized by enlarge spleens, hepatomegaly, hypoglycemia, and in the most extreme circumstances coma. In terms of blood, the malaria symptoms affect the body as a mosquito consumes the human blood. The sporozites then enter the human body and infect the human liver (Shah 2010). They multiply here and then return to the human bloodstream. They then infect the red blood cells and undergo a cyclical process of invading internal organs, resulting in pervasive symptoms of bodily distress.
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