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malaria case in taguig

The name "mal 'aria" (meaning "bad air" in Italian) was first used in English in 1740 by H. Walpole when describing the disease. The term was shortened to "malaria" in the 20th century.

malaria is considered as the most important tropical parasitic disease as it is responsible for the deaths of an average of more than 2 million people annually. it is an arthropod-borne disease , specifically from a mosquito infected by a microscopic organism, called Plasmodium which infecs red blood cells. symptoms characteristic of malaria include flu-like illness with fever, chills, muscle aches, and headache. cycles of fever occuring every one, two or three days is typical.
it is usually highly endemic in some parts of palawan, mindoro, ifugao, kalinga and agusan. i think the endemicity in other provinces used to be higher in the past and had already decreased since there are lesser breeding grounds for the vector with lesser swampy areas and forests.

ok. before you fall asleep, enough with the boring stuff. according to our professor, a number of residents of taguig were rushed to our institution, just a few weeks back, and they were later confirmed to have malaria. this is alarming since taguig is quite near. it's part of the metro and this places a lot of people at risk, especially those who often hang out in bars and restos in this area. it is in taguig where we find the fort. we all know a lot of us frequently hang out in these places. there is serendra and bonifacio highstreet. imagine, the mosquito can survive the pollution in this city? they reported this immediately to the Dept. of Health. i dunno if these people had a history of travel to endemic areas mentioned above. i guess the do not..oh well.. i hope it's just a minor case or i will really be afraid to go to the fort. :p

Bonifacio Highstreet

trivia: my friends laughed at me when i thought the fort was located at makati.. LOL

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10 comments

  1. philos  

    September 28, 2008 at 1:30 AM

    I don't blame you, when I went there for the first time (to buy Gonuts Donuts) I thought it was in Makati too

  2. Camille  

    September 28, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    they gave me the degrading looK! like it was the dumbest thing in the planet! oh well i got over it. :p

  3. Sputnik  

    September 28, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    ano ba yan! kahit ako alam ko na ang fort ay nasa taguig! woof! :-P

  4. salingPUSA  

    September 29, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    very informative camille. But I thought med studes like you don't get scared easily. The fort is still worth the visit despite the scare. I can't wait to see the Fort in full bloom. All the buildings and stuffs. Nice pic there.......

  5. tagabukid  

    September 29, 2008 at 7:53 PM

    meron din palang mga social climber na mga lamok? hehe

  6. KRIS JASPER  

    September 30, 2008 at 3:24 AM

    oh, so malaria is "bad air"...

    ok..

    so Doc, can I use the word malaria to describe the air surrounding a man with "B.O"?

    :)

  7. Camille  

    September 30, 2008 at 8:47 AM

    sputnik: tong askal na to. hehe

    salingpusa: it's ironic but med students pass through this phase wherein we get paranoid of getting all sorts of diseases. :p there is also a high rate of hypochondriasis in med students. just a trivia.. :p

  8. Camille  

    September 30, 2008 at 8:48 AM

    tagabukid: haha social climber ba? onga eh.. cant believe it.. my gosh! hehe

    kris jasper: haha onga naman.. pde rin.. minamalaria ba sa baho?? hehe qt!

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