· Uncomplicated malaria: defined as symptomatic malaria without signs of severity or evidence (clinical or laboratory) of vital organ dysfunction.
- It has the following features; fever, headache, joint pains, malaise, vomiting, diarrhoea, body ache, body weakness, poor appetite, pallor, enlarged spleen
· Severe malaria: In a patient with P. falciparum asexual parasitaemia and no other obvious cause of symptoms the presence of one or more of features listed below classify the patient as suffering from severe malaria
- It has the following features; prostration/extreme weakness, impaired consciousness, change of behaviour, convulsions, respiratory distress (due to lactic acidosis and/or pulmonary oedema), bleeding tendency, jaundice, circulatory collapse, vomiting everything, inability to drink or breast feed
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