- Malaria is a common infection caused by a unicellular organism called a Protist. It is transmitted by a mosquito called Anopheles.
- After a period of between two weeks and several months (occasionally years) spent in the liver, the malaria parasites multiply within red blood cells, causing symptoms that appear cyclically.
- Symptoms include fever, and headache. In severe cases the disease worsens leading to hallucinations, coma, and death.
- Treatment is readily available but the best is prevention of insect bites in endemic areas as well as taking antimalarial prophylaxis.
- Skin involvement is rare and includes:
- purpura and purpura fulminans
Purpura fulminans in a patient with malaria. Keri JE, Thomas K, Berman B, Falabella A. Eur J Dermatol. 2000 Dec;10(8):617-9.
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