Can Malaria Be Spread From One Person To Another?


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Tony Fyler answered
Yes, malaria can be spread from person to person, though only in rare cases.
  • The normal way in which malaria spreads:
A person is bitten by an infected mosquito.
After the bite, it takes as little as thirty minutes for the parasite to reach the liver. There, some parasites can lay dormant for years. Others get straight into the bloodstream, attaching themselves to - and then entering - red blood cells, where they reproduce.
Infected red blood cells burst - infecting neighboring red blood cells and beginning the reproduction process all over again.
This repeating cycle depletes oxygen from the body and causes a fever.

The key point is that in most cases, the infected human host passes on the disease by being bitten by another mosquito, becoming the source of infection, and priming the mosquito to bite someone or something else.

Normally, humans do not directly intermingle bloodstreams, and so the likelihood of malaria spreading from human to human is relatively remote.

  • Direct Methods of Transmission:
Mothers can pass it to their children in what is called 'congenital malaria'.
Blood transfusions can directly transfer malaria from donor to recipient - but there are stringent screening processes in place in hospitals to ensure that blood is free of parasites and infections.
Likewise, organ transplants can directly transfer malaria from donor to recipient and (given the parasites' tendency to hide in the liver), this is a viable method of spreading malaria from one person to another.
Sharing needles used for drug injections. In this process, the needle takes the place of the mosquito bite, puncturing the skin, and interacting with the bloodstream, of several people - potentially picking up and transferring the parasites to any number of drug-users who share the same needle. This is probably the most likely method of transferring the disease from person to person.
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Suhail Ajmal answered
Malaria is not a contagious disease. It can only be transferred by blood diffusion. But you must take precautionary measures. Do not use the glass of the infected person. You can live with him and do care for him. There is no problem in it.
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Jeannette Shamp
Jeannette Shamp commented
If Malaria is not a contagious disease and can be transferred by blood ,then is it not possible for a couple thats partner that has it give it to the other partner with sexual relations?? If indeed it is transferred by blood..
Jeannette Shamp
Jeannette Shamp commented
Malaria is not a contagious disease but only transferred by blood so if a partner has sexual relations with the other partner whom doesn't have it would it be transferred through the blood to the other partner involved..Does this Malaria sit dormant after treatment in a persons bloodstream like HIV>>I wonder.
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Jeannette Shamp answered
You say that this is not a contagious disease...If there is a couple and it is in the blood then the partner can catch it, right??
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Jeannette Shamp
Jeannette Shamp commented
There is no promises that the medications for Malaria will illuminate it completely out of the body from my understanding..

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