Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Information and Resources

Font Size

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:

Recommended Related to Skin Problems & Treatments


Gangrene is a condition that occurs when body tissue dies. It is caused by a loss of blood supply due to an underlying illness, injury, and/or infection. Fingers, toes, and limbs are most often affected, but gangrene can also occur inside the body, damaging organs and muscles. There are different types of gangrene and all require immediate medical attention.

Read the Gangrene article > >

  • 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

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: April 20, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

Hot Topics

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors

WebMD Video: Now Playing

Click here to wach video: Dirty Truth About Hand Washing

Which sex is the worst about washing up? Why is it so important? We’ve got the dirty truth on how and when to wash your hands.

Click here to watch video: Dirty Truth About Hand Washing

Popular Slideshows & Tools on WebMD

What you should eat.
Woman sitting in front of UV lights
Is yours working?
woman using breath spray
What's causing yours?
colon xray
Get the facts.
MS Overview
Recognizing symptoms.
bowl of yogurt with heart shape
Eat for a healthy heart.
woman doing pushups
To help you get fit.
Colored x-ray of tooth decay
Know what to look for.
Woman sitting with child
Do you know the symptoms?
fruit drinks
Foods that can help you focus.
Sad dog and guacamole
Don't feed this to your dog.
Thyroid exam
See how much you know.

Women's Health Newsletter

Find out what women really need.