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A 29-year-old female asked:

i was recently in a malaria area, and may have been bitten. i did not take any malaria tablets prior to the trip. what symptoms should i watch out for?

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Malaria symptoms: May be non-specific, but may include fever, malaise (not feeling well), diarrhea and abdominal pain. Severe cases may start with change in mental status, seizures or liver or kidney failure. Regardless for you, given exposure, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Malaria: Malaria symptoms may include chills, shivering, fever, night sweats, headache, muscle pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice, confusion & rapid heart rate. Complications can include liver failure, shock ,pulmonary edema, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), hypoglycemia, kidney failure, rupture of spleen, seizures, coma or permanent brain damage.

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