Malaria is a life-threatening disease that is usually spread by the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito. Congenital malaria occurs when passed from mother to fetus. Symptoms are:
• Shaking chills that range from moderate to severe
• High fever
• Profuse sweating
• Muscle pain
• Bloody stools
HOW IS MALARIA DIAGNOSED?
A physical examination of a patient with malaria by a general physician would reveal an enlarged spleen or liver. In addition to the characteristic symptoms of this infection a blood test would help to confirm the diagnosis.
HOW IS MALARIA TREATED?
Treatment is done at the hospital with medications. The doctor may prescribe medications and check for the results and based on the progress, continue or change the medications. Immediate treatment is essential.
DID YOU KNOW?
Malaria can be congenital when an infected mother passes on the disease to her baby at birth.