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Malaria

Overview

What is malaria? Learn more about the symptoms of malaria and what causes malaria with information on diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

How is malaria treated?

The choice of which drug to use to treat malaria depends on where the patient acquired malaria (i.e. whether chloroquine resistance is common or not), whether prophylaxis was taken, and what form of malaria the patient has.

What causes malaria?

There are four species of the parasite that cause malaria: Plasmodium vivax, Plasmodium ovale, Plasmodium falciparum, and Plasmodium malariae.

Can malaria be prevented?

People who live in malaria-infested areas and people who travel to those areas must take precautions.

What are the symptoms and signs of malaria?

The first symptoms of malaria are usually very similar to ‘flu – aches and pains, fever, headache and so on. After a few days, the typical paroxysms may occur – chills, followed firstly by a high fever for a few hours, and then by profuse sweating.

What is malaria?

Malaria is an infection of red blood cells caused by a single-celled parasite and is almost always spread by the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito.

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