SymptomsSymptoms of malaria can begin as early as six to eight days after a bite by an infected mosquito. They include:
- High fever (up to 105° Fahrenheit) with shaking chills
- Profuse sweating when the fever suddenly drops
- Muscle aches
- Abdominal discomfort
- Nausea, vomiting
- Feeling faint when you stand up or sit up quickly
CausesA bite from a parasite-infected mosquito causes malaria. There are five species of Plasmodium(P.) parasites that infect people: P. falciparum, P. vivax, P. malariae, P. ovale, or P. knowlesi
How the disease spreads?
Malaria is spread when an infected Anopheles mosquito bites a person. This is the only type of mosquito that can spread malaria. The mosquito becomes infected by biting an infected person and drawing blood that contains the parasite. When that mosquito bites another person, that person becomes infected.