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Malaria

Updated on November 7, 2008

Malaria

Causes, signs, symptoms

Malaria is caused by parasites which live part of their lives in red blood cells. Malaria parasites are spread by the bite of mosquito. Malaria parasites cause fe­ver; they destroy many red cells and so they cause ane­mia and mild jaundice. A severe attack makes a child very ill with hyperpyrexia and diarrhea. He or she may sweat and not want to eat. For daily care, take pulse and temperature and blood pressure and watch signs of dehydration.

Consult the doctor; treat the fever. Give plenty of fluids. Follow the doctor's prescription.

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