What is the incubation period for malaria infection and what symptoms occur?

Updated: Apr 26, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Patients with malaria typically become symptomatic a few weeks after infection, although the host's previous exposure or immunity to malaria affects the symptomatology and incubation period. In addition, each Plasmodium species has a typical incubation period. Importantly, virtually all patients with malaria present with headache. Clinical symptoms also include the following:

  • Cough

  • Fatigue

  • Malaise

  • Shaking chills

  • Arthralgia

  • Myalgia

Paroxysm of fever, shaking chills, and sweats (every 48 or 72 h, depending on species)


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