Malaria - What are the symptoms?

No anti-malaria medicine is 100% effective so it is important you recognise the symptoms.1,2  The early symptoms may be similar to the flu but these symptoms can quickly become more severe. The symptoms include:1

  • High fevers with chills
  • Shakes, heavy sweats, coughing
  • Very cold clammy skin
  • Muscle, join or bone aches
  • Diarrhoea with or without vomiting
  • Dark-red or black urine
  • Stomach pains

If you notice any of these symptoms, anywhere from 7 days to 3 months, after being in a malaria area you should talk to your doctor, travel medicine specialist or visit a medical clinic.1,2  Prompt treatment could mean the difference between life and death because people can become very ill quickly.1,2

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