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In 2012, there were an estimated 207 million cases of malaria, which caused approximately 627 000 malaria deaths.


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What are the signs and symptoms of malaria?


Person sick with malariaThe symptoms of malaria are not specific and can be mistaken for other diseases, it can be difficult to diagnose.

It is important that a blood test is made to be sure of what you are suffering from.

It is also vital that treatment starts within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms, to prevent progression to severe malaria or death.

The main symptoms include:

bulletA high temperature (fever) of 38°C (100.4°F) or above (occurs at regular times)
bulletVomiting
bulletSweating and shivers (also known as rigors)
bulletBody & Muscle pains
bulletHeadaches
bulletDiarrhoea
bulletIn some cases, it can affect the brain or kidneys.

In many health centers in Africa and malaria prone regions, it is common to see patients with these signs and symptoms being treated for malaria even before lab results come in.

All the signs and symptoms can be similar to other infections, but if they show in particularly malaria prone countries, they are most likely to be as a result of malaria.

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