Symptoms of Malaria


General information about symptoms of Malaria: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Malaria. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Malaria. Furthermore, symptoms of Malaria may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Malaria.

List of symptoms of Malaria: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Malaria includes:

Symptoms of Malaria: Malaria causes a flu-like illness; symptoms include fever, shaking chills, headache, muscle aches, and tiredness. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur. Malaria symptoms will occur at least seven to nine days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Fever in the first week of travel in a malaria-risk area is unlikely to be malaria; however, ill travelers should still seek immediate medical care. Although malaria is unlikely to be the cause, any fever should be promptly evaluated. If you or your child becomes ill with a fever or flu-like illness while traveling in a malaria-risk area and up to 1 year after returning home, seek immediate medical care. Tell your health care provider where you have been traveling. 1

The disease begins with chills and, likely, a headache, nausea and vomiting. A fever develops and as it falls, a person is drenched in sweat. The symptoms can occur 10 to 16 days after infection and may appear in regular intervals of every two or three days. Depending on the species of parasite, an infected person may feel well between bouts and recover, or may never feel fine and can die from the disease. 2

Symptoms of malaria include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and malaise. Early stages of malaria may resemble the onset of the flu. Travelers who become ill with a fever during or after travel in a malarious area should seek prompt medical attention and should inform their physician of their recent travel history. 3

More symptoms of Malaria: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Malaria, underlying causes of Malaria, associated conditions for Malaria, risk factors for Malaria, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:

1. excerpt from Preventing Malaria in Infants and Children: DPD
2. excerpt from Malaria, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID
3. excerpt from Facts About Transfusion-Transmitted Malaria: CDC-OC

Last revision: June 2, 2003

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