Malaria Descriptive Essay by Quality Writers

Discusses malaria from a complex epidemiological perspective.
# 104309 | 1,975 words | 6 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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This paper explains that epidemiology refers to the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related events in specified populations and the application of this study to control of health problems. The author then describes the agent, hosts and environment surrounding malaria. The paper stresses that the most important point about transmission is that researchers have discovered that the incidence of malaria cannot be explained by changes in immigration trends; therefore, epidemiologists must look for simultaneous transmission. The author points out that, although malaria is associated with tropical areas, its occurrence and even epidemics of the disease are not uncommon in Canada.

Table of Contents:
Web of Causation
Natural History and Control and Prevention

From the Paper:

"The primary hosts of Plasmodium falciparum are female mosquitoes of the Anopheles which also are the transmission vectors. Plasmodium falciparum is responsible for a high number of malarial infections and deaths in humans; however, other hosts include birds, reptiles, chimpanzees, and rodents. Of all the cases of malaria since 1990 in Canada, 90 percent have been found in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec. Two epidemics have occurred in Canada, the first being from 1986 to 1990. The second epidemic occurred from 1999 to 2000."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Holding, P. & Kitsao-Wekulo, P. (2004). Describing the burden of malaria on child development. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 71(Suppl 2), 71-79.
  • Lindsay, S. & Martens, W. (1998). Malaria in the African highlands: Past, present and future. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 76(1), 33-45.
  • MacLean, J.D., A. Demers, M. Ndao, E. Kokoskin, B. Ward & Gyorkos, T. (2004). Malaria epidemics and surveillance systems in Canada. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 10(7), 1195-1201.
  • Ndao, M., E. Bandyayera, E. Kokoskin, D. Diemert, T. Gyorkos, J. MacLean, R. St. John & Ward, B. (2005). Malaria 'epidemic' in Quebec: Diagnosis and response to imported malaria. CMAJ, 172(1), 46-50.
  • Stanhope, M. & Lancaster, J. (2004). Epidemiology. Community and public health nursing: Infectious disease prevention and control. St. Louis, Missouri: Mosby.

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