10 Symptoms of Malaria

Symptom #2: Fever and Chills

Fever and chills are normally the first signs that you have contracted malaria. Fever occurs when body temperature rises significantly above the normal 98.6o F, or 37o C. This rise in temperature is caused by the activity of the body’s defense mechanism in an attempt to destroy the invading parasites. Malaria can lead to a high fever in which the body temperature rises by one or more degrees Celsius.

Once the body temperature rises, the homeostatic mechanism kicks in so as to cool the body to normal. This leads to a drastic reduction in internal temperature which causes chills. Bouts of fever and chills occur interchangeably as the defense and homeostatic mechanisms each work to fulfill its mandate.

Malaria Symptoms

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