Do you think West Nile Virus (mainly found in United States) the same as Malaria which is found mainly in sub-Saharan Africa?
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Thanks Dr. Pooja. So it all comes down to the family species of the arthropod(s) responsible for transmission. I had not heard of Japanese encephalitis. That must be a medical term. Does it have another name? Interesting indeed.
I am struggling to believe that they are different. There are four types of malaria in US; ‘Airport’, Mosquito-borne, Congenital, and Transfusion-Transmitted malaria. I agree that these are rare nowadays only about 1,500 are diagnosed each year - CDC
Malaria is caused by a Parasite , Plasmodium falciparum. The West Nile Virus is a virus. West Nile mostly infects birds but it can effect humans and other animals. There is a big difference in a virus or a parasite.
Thanks Crazyhorsesghost. So the vector (agent of transmission) is the same but the disease causing agents is different; a virus for WNV versus a parasite for malaria.
The reason why I am thinking they are kind of the same is that they are both infectious diseases and they are both spread by mosquitoes. That is where my confusion is. So West Nile Virus reached USA from where? Where did it first start?
Read my whole comment. They are definitely not the same. Malaria is caused by a parasite the mosquito carries. West Nile is a Virus carried by a mosquito. Two totally different things. IF YOU ARE HAVING DOUBTS? Google it?
Thanks for taking your time on my follow up question, but I wish you had read my comment in entirety. I goggled first before asking here. You implied that it might have been transmitted from Uganda to USA hence I was seeking some clarification.