Your Malaria Guide

Early malaria symptoms are non-specific and can easily be mistaken for those of influenza. Rapid diagnosis and early treatment are important, particularly for falciparum malaria, which is fatal in up to 20 percent of infected people and can kill within 24 hours. Symptoms of malaria can often begin a month or more after the infecting mosquito bite. Drugs taken for prevention are also not 100 percent effective. In Sub-Saharan Africa the important strain of malaria is Plasmodium falciparum, which can cause fatal infections. Learn more about malaria with causes, treatment and prevention advice available here.