Malaria symptoms include the following:

  • Fever
  • Cycles of sweating and chills
  • Malaise
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Muscle aches

These symptoms may not present themselves for many weeks after returning from a high-risk area. Patients are therefore advised to be vigilant for any symptoms for up to one year after returning but especially within the first 3 months of travel.

Malaria does not always present with symptoms which may result in a delay in diagnosis of the condition. It is important to seek prompt medical attention if these symptoms do present following travel to a malaria risk zone as this condition can be associated with complications if untreated. Some complications associated with malaria include:

  • Anaemia
  • Kidney or Liver Failure
  • Celebral Malaria (where the brain gets affected)
  • Shock

Although all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it should not be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Authored Dec 22, 2017 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Jun 17, 2021 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm