- Malaria can be successfully treated, although the recuperating patient may find it takes several weeks to recover full strength.
- Before deciding on the best medicine to use, the doctor should try to identify the species of parasite responsible for the disease and where the patient got the infection.
- Patients should talk with a doctor who specializes in infectious diseases and is knowledgeable about diagnosing and treating malaria and its complications.
- Up-to-date information on the geography of malaria, such as which species are present in which areas, whether chloroquine-resistant parasites are present, and which seasons of the year carry the greatest risk, is available at international travel clinics, CDC, and WHO.
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