Malaria is an infectious disease (communicable disease) that affects humans and animals and is caused by parasitic protozoa (single-celled microorganisms) of the plasmodium type. The malaria parasite belongs to the genus Plasmodium. Malaria symptoms include fever, vomiting, fatigue and headache. Severe cases report symptoms of yellow skin, seizures and coma. Some cases can be fatal also. Generally, symptoms start to show from 10 – 15 days after being bitten by the parasite-carrying mosquito. Thus, it is a mosquito-borne disease. If the treatment is not proper, people can have recurring cases of the disease months afterwards. In the case of recently survived infections, milder symptoms are seen during recurrences. However, this partial resistance to malaria fades away over time if the individual has no continuing contact with malaria.