A person presenting with a history of fever within the preceeding 2-3 days, or found to have fever on examination (axillary temperature ³ 37.5°C or rectal temperature ³38.5°C), in the absence of any other cause will be considered a suspected case of malaria. In the absence of signs of severe disease, a case of suspected malaria confirmed by parasitological investigation is considered to be "uncomplicated" malaria.
The patient suffering from suspected uncomplicated malaria commonly complains of:
Other clinical features may include:
These features may occur separately or in combination. The presentation of malaria varies and may resemble other locally important disease such as pneumonia, meningitis, enteric fever or septicaemia.