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Martina Feichter

Martina Feichter studied biology in Innsbruck with an optional subject in pharmacy and also immersed herself in the world of medicinal plants. From there it was not far to other medical topics that still captivate her today. She trained as a journalist at the Axel Springer Academy in Hamburg and has been working for lifelikeinc.com since 2007 - first as an editor and since 2012 as a freelance author.

More about the lifelikeinc.com expertsmalaria is a disease that is particularly prevalent in the tropics and subtropics. It is triggered by unicellular parasites (so-called plasmodia), which are transmitted through the bite of the Anopheles mosquito. The typical symptoms are fevers, which alternate with fever-free intervals (intermittent fever). Malaria can be treated with medication and then usually has a favorable prognosis. If left untreated, it can be deadly. Read here how malaria develops, what symptoms occur and how to recognize and treat malaria!

ICD codes for this disease: ICD codes are internationally valid medical diagnosis codes. They are found e.g. in medical reports or on incapacity certificates. B50B51B54B52B53ArtikelübersichtMalaria

  • Where does malaria occur?
  • malaria prophylaxis
  • causes
  • symptoms
  • investigations
  • treatment
  • Course and prognosis
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Quick Overview

  • What is malaria? A tropical-subtropical infectious disease caused by unicellular parasites (plasmodia). Depending on the type of pathogen, various forms of malaria develop (Malaria tropica, Malaria tertiana, Malaria quartana, Knowlesi malaria). However, mixed infections are possible.
  • Occurrence: tropical and subtropical regions worldwide (except Australia). Especially affected is Africa. In 2016, an estimated 216 million people worldwide contracted malaria in 91 countries. Around 445,000 patients died.
  • Infection: Usually by the bite of blood-sucking Anopheles mosquitoes that are infected with malaria pathogens.
  • symptoms: Typical are fever episodes (hence the name intermittent fever), whose rhythm depends on the malaria form. Other symptoms include general malaise, headache, body aches, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and dizziness.
  • Therapy: Depends among other things on the malaria form. The pathogens are treated with antiparasitic drugs. Depending on your needs, specific symptoms and complications are also treated.
  • Forecast: In principle, every malaria is curable. Especially with malaria tropica the prognosis depends on whether the patient is treated early and correctly.

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