Aug, 02: Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by Plasmodium parasites, which are usually transmitted due to the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito. These parasites swiftly multiply in the liver after being introduced in the host body, and destroy the red blood cells, thereby infecting the system. P. falciparum and P. vivax are considered to be the most fatal malaria species.Malaria has been in existence since the last 1,00,000 years and despite the progress made by science and medicine in controlling the disease, it continues to be one of the biggest killer of mankind.
“A study has found that in India, 274,000 deaths were caused due to malaria last year. Despite being a life-threatening disease, malaria can be cured and prevented with appropriate measures and quick action,” says Dr Abizer Manked, consulting physician and diabetologist, Saifee Hospital.
(The Indian Express)