Malaria – even celebrities can’t escape it

Malaria is a mosquito-borne infection, most commonly spread in tropical climates, such as when abroad. This is

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because of the considerable amount of rainfall and consistently high temperatures.

When someone has Malaria, their symptoms include: fever, joint pain, vomiting, vision problems, feeling hot and cold, and regular sweating. In more serious cases of Malaria, people can even fall into a coma and die, if it is left untreated.

Malaria is more often that not caused by falciparum, which is a protozaran parasite.  It is responsible for almost 90% of Malaria human deaths, whilst also being a killer for animals, too.

Even after contracting Malaria and it being treated, it can still come back. The most common reasons for reoccurrence are: the parasites weren’t treated properly in the first place; because of a re-emergence of blood-stage parasites; or deception in thinking the parasites are no longer in the blood, when they actually are.

Cheryl Cole is one of the most famous celebrities to contract Malaria, when she was on holiday in Tanzania, with then boyfriend Derek Hough, in June 2010. After collapsing during a photo shoot and it first being throughout she was suffering with exhaustion, she was late r found to have Malaria. It’s not uncommon to be feeling unwell for several days before falling ill with Malaria, and even after taken the advised malaria tablets, certain forms of the virus are resistant to the drugs taken. Luckily, Cheryl’s illness was found in the early stages, so after a short stay in hospital and several weeks of recovery at home, she is now fine.

Another recent celebrity to have suffered from malaria is George Clooney, in early 2011. He contracted the virus whilst on a trip to Sudan. Now using his experience of the illness to raise money for those with Malaria, like Cheryl George is now fit and well.

It’s important to remember that Malaria is spread by mosquito’s that bite during the night time, and when a mosquito infected with parasites bites a human, or an animal for that matter, they then too become infected. Contrary to popular belief, it takes just a single bite to be infected with a potentially fatal disease. Generally speaking, symptoms start to appear around about eight days after first being bitten by the mosquito, and if caught early enough, the victim will undergo several weeks of rest in order to recover from it.

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