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What are the symptoms of malaria?

Page last updated 09 April 2020

Malaria may present with cycles of fever, sweating, chills, and shivering, along with headache, diarrhoea, and anaemia.

Severe malaria, particularly of which is caused by the Plasmodium falciparum parasite, may include symptoms of brain involvement (cerebral malaria) including abnormal behaviour, seizures, and coma. Acute respiratory distress, kidney failure, and death may also occur in cases of severe malaria. 

Sources & Citations

2. NSW Government, Department of Health, Malaria fact sheet. Available at: (accessed 11 March 2020). 

4. Victorian State Government, Better Health Channel, Malaria. Available at (accessed 11 March 2020).

5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Malaria Disease. Available at (accessed 11 March 2020).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.05.0186(1)a - Date of preparation March 2020