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Malaria and Getting Social Security Disability Benefits

Malaria is a disease that is brought about by parasites. It is evidenced by flu-like signs and symptoms, anemia, shaking chills and high fevers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that between 300 and 500 million cases of malaria occur every year throughout the world. The CDC also estimates than over 1 million people die from the disease each year.

Malaria is a large problem for people who live in or travel to warm climates. This includes most of the subtropics and tropics.

Resistant to insecticides and antibiotics

The mosquitoes that transmit malaria have developed a resistance to insecticides in some parts of the world. The parasites have also developed a resistance to some of the antibiotics that are used to treat the disease.  This has made it hard to control the spread of malaria and the rate of infection. The good news is that a vaccine to keep you from getting the disease is now under development.

Malaria results from parasites that are passed on from person to person through the bite of Anopheles mosquitoes. There is a cycle of transmission that works like this:

An uninfected mosquito becomes infected by biting a person who has malaria
The now infected mosquito can transmit parasites to you if you are the next person who is bitten by the mosquito
These parasites go to your liver where they may lie dormant for up to a year
The parasites leave your liver when they are mature and infect your red blood cells
When you are at this point in the disease, if an uninfected mosquito bites you, it becomes infected with parasites and can infect the next person that it bites.

There are also other ways that malaria is transmitted. Due to the fact that the mosquito parasites affect your red blood cells, you can get the disease by being exposed to blood that is infected with malaria. Examples are:

Sharing needles that are used to inject drugs
From mother to her unborn child
By blood transfusions.

There are four kinds of common malaria parasites. However, a fifth type, Plasmodium knowlesi, is now causing malaria in parts of southeast Asia and Malaysia. Still another form of malaria, falciparum malaria, involves more of your red blood cells than the other forms of the disease and is extremely serious and severe. This type of the disease can be fatal after only a few hours of first experiencing signs and symptoms.

As mentioned earlier, signs and symptoms of malaria usually begin when the mosquito parasites leave your liver and infect your red blood cells. These include:

Jaundice ( yellowish coloring of your skin and the whites of your eyes)
Moderate to severe shaking chills
Profuse sweating as your body temperature declines
Muscle pain
Bloody stools
High fever

While malaria is not on the Social Security Administration’s list of impairments, if you are disabled due to complications brought about by malaria and/or other disorders that you may be afflicted with along with this disease, you may be eligible to get Social Security disability benefits. A disability attorney may be the one who can enable you to get the Social Security disability benefits that are rightfully yours.

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