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World Malaria Day: Symptoms To Know


Malaria is a special kind of fever that can be life threatening. Malaria is basically a tropical fever that affects people staying in hot and humid places. Every year 25th April is celebrated as World Malaria Day. On this day, the symptoms of malaria are discussed and awareness of this disease is spread among the general public.

Malaria can be a life threatening fever. That is why; knowing the symptoms of malaria fever should be known by all. Malaria is causes by female anopheles mosquito. Usually, the mosquito that is infected by malaria is much smaller than normal mosquitoes. On World Malaria Day, learn how to distinguish malaria from other fevers. The most common sign of malaria is the ‘chills'.


The ‘chills' usually come at the particular time of the day. The malaria fever comes and goes in cycles. But you need to be aware of the fact that ‘chills' are not the only symptoms of malaria. There are several other ways to know that you are suffering from malaria. On World Malaria Day, check out these signs that can be dangerous for you if your fever is in fact malaria.


High Fever

When you have malaria, you will never have low grade fever. your temperatures will be soaring high from the first day itself. In face, if the fever is not arrested, it can turn into brain fever.



Chills are a colloquially used term for shivering and fever. The chills are the first sign of malaria. The shivering that happens when the fever comes is the best way to identify malaria.



Headaches usually come with any viral fever. But when you have malaria, the headaches will be very severe. You may even have blackouts and faint if you have been infected by malaria.



When you have serious condition like malaria, you will not be able to keep any food down. You will be vomiting almost all the food you eat.



Malaria makes you sick to your bones. You will lose appetite and feel nauseous all the time. Coupled with the other symptoms, nausea is a sign of malaria fever.


Cold Sweats

When the fever leaves you, you will be breaking into cold sweats. Along with the chills, cold sweats are also a sign of malaria.



Malaria drains your body of all the strength. Fatigue that happens due to malaria will not leave you for weeks even after the fever is gone.


Cyclic Fever

You will have fever every day at a particular time every 24 hours or 48 hours depending on the type of fever you have developed.


Dry Cough

Usually, you will suffer from dry cough if you have malaria. Malaria makes your throat tender but as your muscles are dehydrated, you do not have any phlegm.


Muscle Pain

Malaria is an infection that dehydrates the muscles. It draws out all the fluids from the muscle and thus makes your muscles hurt. The body pain will last well beyond the time when you actually have the fever.

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Story first published: Friday, April 25, 2014, 9:04 [IST]
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