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It is possible that the main title of the report Malaria is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.


  • Intermittent Malaria
  • Acute Malaria
  • Ague
  • Autochthonous Malaria
  • Chronic Malaria
  • Imported Malaria
  • Induced Malaria
  • Jungle Fever
  • Paludism
  • Relapsing Malaria
  • Swamp Fever
  • Therapeutic Malaria

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Plasmodium Falciparum Malaria
  • Falciparum Fever
  • Malignant Tertian Fever
  • Malignant Tertian Malaria
  • Algid Malaria
  • Gastric Malaria
  • Dysentric Algid Malaria
  • Bilious Remittent Malaria
  • Malaria Comatosa
  • Aesthetivoautumnal Fever
  • Pernicious Malaria
  • Remittent Malaria
  • Plasmodium Malariae Malaria
  • Quartan Malaria
  • Quartan Fever
  • Plasmodium Ovale Malaria
  • Ovale Tertian Malaria
  • Plasmodium Vivax Malaria
  • Tertian Malaria
  • Benign Tertian Malaria
  • Tertian Fever
  • Vivax Fever
  • Quotidian Malaria
  • Quotidian Fever
  • Double Tertian Malaria
  • Nonan Malaria
  • Blackwater Fever
  • Hemorrhagic Malaria
  • Cerebral Malaria

General Discussion

Malaria is a communicable parasitic disorder spread through the bite of the Anopheles mosquito. Major symptoms may vary depending on which species of parasite causes the infection and the stage of development of the parasite. Chills and fever commonly occur, although not every case follows the same pattern. Although the disorder was once thought to be under control throughout the world, malaria is a widespread infection especially in the tropics where certain types of mosquitos are becoming resistant to pesticides. The annual number of cases reported in the United States has increased in recent years.


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This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site or email

Last Updated: 4/8/2009
Copyright 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2009 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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