A parasite is an organism that grows and takes shelter in a host organism while contributing nothing to its survival. Many types of parasites roam the earth in a desperate search for a host to leech onto, but perhaps the most common type of parasite, that has at one time or another affected even the healthiest of souls, is the love parasite. Everyday someone is afflicted with the crippling, parasitic disease of love. Endearment grows and feeds mercilessly on two people but does not provide any real sustenance. Ardor is not a basic need, such as food and shelter. Nonetheless, love wiggles its way into the blood stream and affects people in a way strikingly similar to another parasitic disease; malaria.
Both malaria and love are caused by a single bite. The mosquito carries plasmodium falciparum nestled in its belly, and when it bites into the tender flesh of a person the parasite is transferred into the host’s blood stream. The love bug acts in a similar fashion, picking out victims indiscriminately. The symptoms of malaria and love are evident about the same times. The symptoms of malaria begin from eight days to four weeks and love, behaves similarly. Boy meets girl, and in as little as eight days for the romantics on earth, love is burning. For the more conservative, reserved at heart, love’s sharp kiss can be stayed for a whole month. Still, just as malaria cannot be curbed, neither can love once a person has been bit.
After the parasites have leaked into the sufferers from the bite, the symptoms of malaria and love that erupt are unmistakably paralleled. With malaria comes fever, shaking, chills, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, nausea, mental confusion and in the end, if left untreated, even death. Love is no different. Often, love is accompanied with a ticklish heat that slinks up the length of the lover’s body until his or her cheeks burn with a feverish rubicund glow. Then comes the shaking, chills, and aches when the recipient of the victim’s love comes into view. The tiredness is related to the lovers’ desire to spend every minute of every hour together, and only fatigue can result from such relentlessness. The mental confusion, results from a thick fog of love that settles over the victim’s mind like a car’s windshield, left outdoors on a chilly night. Often love sufferers are so confused that they forget their priorities, as their brains grow thick with noxious love fumes.
The symptoms of love and malaria are too severe to be ignored, and so their similar cures are very important. Malaria’s cure is gradual, and if the disease is not diagnosed early, death often precedes. Usually however, medication is prescribed to the sufferer and gradually (if the pills are taken daily) the malaria can be cured. To cure love, a similar process must be used. As with malaria, if love is not acknowledged as a disease early on, eventually the fatal ‘heartbreak’ results. After heartbreak the love victim is not the same, the person they were formerly is dead. Death can be avoided however in the much the same way malaria is, by consciously staying grounded every day. The ‘pills’ in the case of love are metaphorical and represent the act of reminding oneself (everyday) not to get carried away and lost in the disease of love.
The diseases of love and malaria, strikingly similar, reflect each other in many ways. Their beginnings, middles, and ends are very much alike. Their only difference is the level of danger. Malaria is less dangerous because it is caught only in certain areas; love on the other hand lurks in every nook and cranny of the world. Besides this slight difference, malaria and love are so similar they are actually mistaken with each other; and so to avoid any embarrassing situations before proposal seeing a doctor for a malaria check-up would be wise.