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Sunday, September 5, 2010

South Korea : Malaria Alert!

An article from The Korea Times :

" The number of people diagnosed with malaria here this summer has risen in a rapid pace due to the hot and humid weather.

According to the government, the number of Gyeonggi Province residents diagnosed with malaria marked 355 as of July, about 33 percent jump from 267 a year ago. The health administration expects some people in the northern Seoul might have been infected with the disease, too.

According to the World Health Organization’s definition, malaria is caused by a parasite called Plasmodium, which is transmitted via the bites of infected mosquitoes. In the human body, the parasites multiply in the liver, and then infect red blood cells.

Malaria can quickly become life-threatening by disrupting the blood supply to vital organs if not treated, the WHO explains."

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