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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World
James L. A. WebbJames L. A. Webb

Malaria is an ancient affliction of humanity. Its common presenting symptoms are periodic high fevers, hot sweats, and deep chills; its consequences range from episodic debilitation to major organ failure and death. Malarial infections occur when a mosquito infected with malarial parasites bites a human and injects the parasites into the blood stream. The parasite then undergoes one part of its life cycle within the human and, following another bite, a second part of its life cycle within the mosquito. The ongoing transmission of the disease depends on an infectious chain that links parasitized human beings with the many varieties of ... ...

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