a form of falciparum malaria chiefly involving the gut and other abdominal viscera; gastric algid malaria is characterized by persistent vomiting; dysenteric algid malaria is characterized by bloody diarrheic stools in which enormous numbers of infected red blood cells are found.
Etymology: L, algere, to be cold
a rare complication of tropical malaria (occurring in 0.37% of cases) caused by the protozoan Plasmodium falciparum. It is characterized by cold skin, profound weakness, and severe diarrhea. See also falciparum malaria, malaria.
A dangerous form in which the parasites in the blood cause a condition like bacterial SHOCK, with low blood pressure and cold skin. Urgent treatment to combat shock with transfusions and DOPAMINE, and energetic attack on the infecting malarial parasites, are necessary.