Biology Topic: Malaria: Why do so many people still die of Malaria

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Course Work Malaria: Why Do So many People Still Die of Malaria? (Name) (Tutor’s Name) (College/University) Introduction Historical evidences suggest that the history of malaria started from the very origin of mankind and have taken billions of human lives.


Ross discovered the role played by mosquitoes in transmitting malaria. There are mainly four species of Plasmodium that cause malaria in which Plasmodium Falciparum is the most dangerous one. Recently, scientists discovered another dangerous species known as Plasmodium knowlesi which can also be life threatening. Medical practitioners opine that humans may get infected with more than one type of Plasmodium at a time. Although effective medicines have been developed for the treatment of this disease, any failure in timely diagnosis would make the disease dreadful. Why do so many people still die of malaria? In the opinion of Rietveld & Schlagenhauf (2008, p.214), malaria produces more complications in pregnant women and young children because these groups are more vulnerable to malaria. As mentioned above, malaria includes different categories among which cerebral malaria or brain malaria is the most dreadful one. Cerebral malaria produces notable changes in the mental status of the people affected and sometimes it may lead the patients to a coma stage. The mortality rate for this disease is 25-50% and an affected person would certainly die in 24-72 hours if he/she does not get proper treatment. The most horrible nature of this disease is that 15-20% victims of cerebral malaria die even if they are given medicine right time. ...
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