Understanding Malaria: Should Australians be Concerned?

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Malaria is an infectious disease caused by the parasite Plasmodium, which is transmitted through the bite of a female Anopheles mosquito. At least 200 million people are infected with malaria every year, with an estimated 400,000 deaths annually.

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Malaria is an infectious disease caused by the parasite Plasmodium, which is transmitted through the bite of a female Anopheles mosquito. Occasionally it is transmitted congenitally, by blood transfusion or by syringes.

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Phillip Petersen
Phillip Petersen, BSc, FASM, has operated a writing and editing business for over twenty years. This follows a career as a microbiologist in hospitals and a pathology laboratory for over thirty years, during which he was also involved with the development and implementation of microbiology courses at Queensland University of Technology. He also conducted research on the in vitro study of infection and has had articles published as well as reference books on the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases and on antibiotics. Phillip ranks his greatest achievement as materially assisting several higher degree students and researchers to reach their goals.
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Jennifer thurtell
28 May 2021
A concise and informative article
Teagan Bell
03 Jul 2020
Very interesting area
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Cherie Smith
28 May 2021
Excellent article
Jhon Sanchez
31 May 2021
Great resourse to fill the gap of a general view in treating Malaria and also identify and assess people that may have contracted this dease to plan and deliver appropriate care.
Dan Alminaza
19 Jun 2020
Thanks for the in-depth information shared. I really appreciate it.
09 Jun 2020
Good clear information.
Mandy Bennett
25 Jun 2020
Great article for someone who has limited knowledge of malaria, and works in a high risk area.
T McLean
28 May 2021
Covered 4 species of plasmodium parasites and discussed variation of severity of illness between them. Discussed prevention of infection, totes of treatment, and distribution of the vector in Australia.
07 Nov 2021
Good brief consolidation
Cyndi Pridham
08 Jun 2020
Great information.well organised.
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