Incubation Period

All the clinical symptoms and manifestations of malaria, involving the different organs, are due to the asexual, erythrocytic phase of infection.[1] The pre-erythrocytic phase that affects only a very few hepatocytes passes off as a ‘silent’ phase[2] without any symptoms. The sexual forms of the parasite (gametocytes), also do not…

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Malarial Fever

Malaria is known for its fever paroxysm, starting with chills, rigors, high grade fever, followed by sweating as the fever declines. However, this classical pattern may not be seen in many patients, particularly during the initial days of clinical malaria. In the initial 48 hours of the erythrocytic phase of…

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Other Manifestations

“The symptoms of this fever, it is to be regretted, are so various and irregular, in different cases and under different circumstances, that a mere nosological definition of them would afford no precise information and might mislead those it was intended to instruct.” – Boyle, 1831[1] Malaria most often presents…

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Differential Diagnosis

System Manifestations Differential diagnosis General Fever, malaise, prostration, body ache Any cause for fever and sepsis; lymphadenopathy, dysuria and rashes rare in malaria Head ache Migraine, sinusitis, tension headache, intracranial space occupying lesion/raised intracranial tension, meningitis Respiratory Cough, chest pain (pleuritic), breathlessness, wheezing, hemoptysis, tachypnoea Pharyngitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, bronchopneumonia, worsening…

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Malaria in Karnataka

Source: NVBDCP Data Available at http://nvbdcp.gov.in/Doc/Malaria-situation-upto2011(P).pdf and data from District Malaria Officer, Mangalore and Malaria Cell, Mangalore City Corporation Malaria in Dakshina Kannada District: Dakshina Kannada district is located on the western coast of Karnataka State. It was relatively free from malaria until early 1990 with only sporadic case reports.…

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News Links

News Desk India unlikely to cut malaria by half in 2020, says WHO; but new malaria cases fall by a third, claims the minister for health! Malaria Prevalence in the Urban Areas of Mangaluru in South India. Kakkilaya BS, Dayanand KK, Punnath K, Chandrashekar VN, Achur RN, Gowda CD. [See]…

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