Malaria Symptoms: What to Look Out For

February 17, 2023Healthcare

Malaria Symptoms: What to Look Out For

February 17, 2023


Malaria, a parasitic disease caused by the bite of infected mosquitoes, can cause a range of symptoms that can range from mild to severe. Therefore, it is important to be aware of what to look for in order to identify the disease early on. This article will provide an overview of the common symptoms of malaria. It will also highlight what steps to take if you suspect you or a loved one may have the disease.

Common Malaria Symptoms

malaria symptoms
Symptoms of malaria: infographic illustration
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Anaemia
  • Jaundice
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Neurological symptoms

What to do if you suspect you or a loved one may have malaria

Seek medical attention immediately. A healthcare professional will be able to perform a physical examination and order laboratory tests to confirm the diagnosis of malaria.

Treatment for malaria

Antimalarial medication. The type of medication and the duration of treatment will depend on the specific type of malaria and the severity of the infection.

According to the WHO, more than 600 000 people die of malaria each year – a treatable disease. In order to avoid an uncomplicated case of malaria from developing into a severe illness or death, the main goal of therapy is to ensure the swift and thorough eradication of the parasites that are responsible for the illness from a patient’s bloodstream. Effective therapy limits the spread of the infection to other people. It also stops the emergence and development of antimalarial drug resistance.


Malaria is a serious and potentially life-threatening disease, and early diagnosis and treatment are crucial.

If you suspect that you or a loved one may have malaria, seek medical attention immediately.  Also, stay informed about the latest recommendations for preventing this disease.

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