Malaria Vs Dengue

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Malaria and dengue have some common symptoms, but the two infections also have some differences. Let’s understand the differences between malaria and dengue.

Basics of Malaria:

  • It is caused by plasmodium parasites, which spread to people through the bite of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes
  • Young children < 5-year and pregnant female are most susceptible to malaria
  • Its transmission depends on climatic conditions with peaks during and just after the rainy season

Basics of Dengue

  • It is a viral disease transmitted by female mosquitoes Aedes aegypti or albopictus
  • Dengue virus often shows mild flu-like symptoms, but occasionally these can develop dengue haemorrhagic fever, a dangerous condition
  • Your WBC and platelet count in the blood show extreme drop

Common symptoms shared by Malaria and Dengue fever are as follows:

Differences between Malaria and Dengue Symptoms:

Malaria:

Symptoms usually appear 10–15 days after the infective mosquito bite, which can include:

Dengue:

Symptoms usually persist for 2–7 days, after an incubation period of 4–10 days after the bite from an infected mosquito. Dengue should be suspected when a high fever (40°C/104°F) is accompanied with two of the following symptoms:

Warning signs for severe dengue include: 

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, get tested immediately.