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12 medical conditions that can kill you in 24 hours or less

While heart attacks and strokes can, of course, lead to sudden death, when it comes to infectious diseases, many factors come into play that will determine if you get sick – and how sick you get. The good news? Infections that kill quickly are rare.

Malaria
Malaria
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The mosquito-borne illness can be found in parts of the world such as South America, Africa, and Asia. 'A particular type of malaria parasite, called P. falciparum, can be life-threatening,' says Dr. Citronberg, a director of infectious diseases in the US. He explains that the parasite quickly destroys red blood cells, which have the key role in delivering oxygen to your body tissues. If you are travelling overseas, he recommends seeing a travel medicine specialist or doctor who may recommend taking medications that prevent malaria. Check out these 10 conditions mosquitoes love – and some they don't.



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