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11 Jan 2006

question for the doc or anyone in the know
20 days ago i came down with what could be termed the "screeming sh**s, nausea & cold sweats.the only way to stop that with me is to visit casualty. they admitted me under "gastro"but were checking for malaria. I have started again with the same symptoms. I NEED TO KNOW is it MALARIA?

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01 Jan 0001

Dear Shooter - Malaria can give you vomiting and diarrhoea - and many people present with these symptoms first. They probably took blood tests and that will normally show if you have malaria but if you get very evenly spaced ( every 24 or 72 h) cold and hot shivering fever - redo it while you have a fever peak to make doubly sure. An infective diarrhoea can also give these symptoms and can be diagnosed with examination of a stool sample by a lab.
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