What is Malaria?

Malaria is an infectious disease that is normally given to you by Mosquito's. It starts out with a bite from a female mosquito and the infection goes into your circulatory system and ultimately your liver where the virus matures and reproduces!

How does it affect us?

Malaria starts from a small mosquito bite, The saliva of the mosquito that contains the virus then goes through your blood vessels until it gets into your liver, there it reproduces asexusaly producing thousands of merozoites into your red blood cells. This causes your cells to burst letting out new infectious merozoites!

A predator has to have prey!

The "prey" of the virus Malaria is mostly humans but it can attack many other animals as well!

Where does it "Hideout"?

Malaria is normally found in South America, Africa, Asia, and the Indo-Pacific region. It is found in the areas that are mostly in tropical regions, places with high temperatures, high water availability so that the mosquito can live and grow (mosquito's carry the diseases).

What does it do??

Some serious long term affects of malaria are, Respiratory distress that occurs in 25% of adults and 40% of children with a severe malaria infection. Malaria also causes anemia (a loss of blood), malaria can also stick to the brain and can cause people to have seizures and possibly end up in a coma. It can also make it hard for some people to breath. Malaria can also kill, and people who die from malaria are normally young children and pregnant women.

Armed and Dangerous?

Malaria is probably a 7 out of 10 in the dangerous spectrum. This being because it spreads very easily and if it is not treated quick enough then it could end up being very deadly. That being said it is not a 10 on the dangerous scale because if you get Malaria treated fast enough the worst that could happen would be that you would could get sick for a little while!

How is it treated?

The treatment of malaria depends on the severeness of the infection. In most cases malaria will be treated simple medications like Quinine, Chloroquine, Fansidar, Melfoquine, Doxycycline, Artemisinin, and Primaquine!


1. Malaria killed 1.2 million people worldwide in 2010, 42 percent of deaths occurred in children over age 5 and adults.

2. 90% of the worlds malaria cases happen in subSarahan Africa!!

3.The mosquito's that have caused the most cases of malaria are the Anopheles mosquito!

4.Every 30 seconds, a child somewhere dies from malaria!

5.In Africa 60% of all hospital admissions are malaria cases!

Project by: Alexa Bass