MALARIA

Malaria is an acute febrile illness caused by infection  Plasmodium parasites and is transmitted from person to person by an infected female anopheles mosquito.

Cause

  • There are five Plasmodium species of malaria parasites which infect humans namely: P. falciparum, P. vivax, P. ovale, P. malariae and P. knowlesi.
    • P. falciparum is the most virulent and also the most common malaria parasite in Uganda.