Malaria is a disease that is transmitted by the bite of the anopheles mosquito who is infected with the parasite. The most common symptoms of malaria are shivering or shaking chills, high fever, sweating, headache and vomiting.
HOW IS MALARIA DIAGNOSED?
During a physical examination, the doctor may find an enlarged liver or enlarged spleen. Malaria blood smears taken at 6 to 12 hour intervals confirm the diagnosis.
A complete blood count (CBC) will identify anemia if it is present.
HOW IS MALARIA TREATED?
Depending on the parasite causing the infection certain medications or a medications which contain quinine would be prescribed to patients. In severe or extreme cases hospitalization could be necessary.
DID YOU KNOW?
Malaria is predominant in tropical and subtropical areas