It is caused by a mosquito bite. The mosquito passes parasites into the blood. They infect and destroy blood cells.
Rarely, malaria is spread by a transfusion of blood with parasites.
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Symptoms appear 10 days to 4 weeks after a mosquito bite. Common ones may be:
- Fever and chills
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscles aches
- Loss of hunger
Sometimes there is also:
- Yellow coloring of the eyes and skin— jaundice
- Dark or discolored urine
The goal is to treat the infection. Medicine will be given to kill the parasite. The type of medicine depends on:
- The type of parasite
- Stage of infection
- Medicines that were taken to prevent malaria
- Other health conditions, such as pregnancy
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Edits to original content made by Denver Health.
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