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Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Malaria

Symptoms of malaria can be similar to those of many different infectious diseases or other illnesses, including:

  • Viral illnesses, such as a cold or flu.
  • Diseases from tick bites (rickettsia).
  • Stomach infections (gastroenteritis).
  • Inflammation of the liver (hepatitis).
  • Severe fever caused by bacteria (typhoid fever).
  • Bacterial infection or inflammation of the brain or spinal cord (bacterial meningitis).
  • Other infections caused by parasites.

Other conditions with symptoms similar to Plasmodium falciparum malaria include:

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  • Stroke or multiple sclerosis (neurologic disease).
  • Very low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia).
  • Enlarged spleen caused by conditions such as bone marrow problems or tumors.
  • Blood disorder (hemolytic anemia).
  • Heart failure.
  • Pneumonia.
  • Kidney failure.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
Last Revised April 20, 2011

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Last Updated: April 20, 2011
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