Malaria is a life- threatening mosquito borne blood disease caused by a Plasmodium parasite.
It is transmitted to humans through the bite of the Anopheles mosquito. Once an infected mosquito bites a human, the parasites multiply in the host’s liver before infecting and destroying red blood cells.
Malaria symptoms can be classified into categories: Uncomplicated Malaria and Severe Malaria.
Symptoms progress as follows, through cold, hot and sweating stages
In severe malaria, clinical and laboratory evidence shows signs of vital organ dysfunction.
Symptoms of severe malaria include:
Severe malaria can be fatal without treatment.
Diagnosis & tests
We strongly advise confirmation of the malaria parasite through microscopic laboratory testing before receiving any malaria treatment.
Please also note that there are other symptoms of diseases that are similar to malaria symptoms.
The hospitals are to conduct the test first and only treat malaria if the test results are positive. Not all malaria cases require admission, uncomplicated malaria can be treated but the patient does not necessarily require Admission
If you happen to have any of the Malaria symptoms, avoid self-medicating. Ensure you see a doctor.
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