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what is Malaria

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What is Malaria?To diagnose malaria, your doctor may be reviewing your medical history, performing a physical exam and requesting blood tests. Blood tests are the only way to confirm the diagnosis of malaria. Some blood tests can help your doctor by showing:


Presence of the parasite in the blood, to make sure you have malaria
What kind of malaria parasite causes your symptoms
If the infection is caused by a parasite resistant to some drugs
Other blood tests help determine if the disease is causing any serious complications.

Some blood tests may take several days to complete, while other tests can produce results in less than 15 minutes.

Treatment or treatmentMalaria is treated with drugs prescribed to kill the parasite. The types of medications vary and the length of treatment, depending on:

What kind of malaria parasite you have
The severity of your symptoms
Your age
Whether you are pregnant
Drugs
The most common antimalarial drugs include:

Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs). Antiretr…