1. Malaria can be successfully treated, although the recuperating patient may find it takes several weeks to recover full strength.
  2. 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.
  3. Patients should talk with a doctor who specializes in infectious diseases and is knowledgeable about diagnosing and treating malaria and its complications.
  4. 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.