Malaria, how is it related to Anemia?The malaria parasites, entering the blood after an infective mosquito bite, infect red blood cells. At the end of that infection cycle, red blood cell ruptures. This process lowers the amount of red blood cells and can in a severe stage cause severe anemia.
Malaria, how is it treated?Malaria is an entirely preventable and treatable disease. The primary objective of treatment is to ensure a rapid and complete elimination of the Plasmodium parasite from the patient’s blood in order to prevent progression of uncomplicated malaria to severe disease or death, and to chronic infection that leads to malaria-related anemia.
HemoCue in relation to Malaria
Patients with suspected malaria should have parasitological confirmation of diagnosis with either microscopy or rapid diagnostic test (RDT) before antimalarial treatment is started. Hemoglobin testing in parallel with i.e. a RDT for malaria would show a broader view of the Malaria status than the “yes you have malaria” a RDT would yield. This since you can then see if the person also is affected with anemia.