Malaria effects on body’s digestive system

QUESTION:

How does Malaria affect the digestive system?

ANSWER:

Malaria does not usually affect the digestive system directly, although nausea and abdominal pain can be symptoms of the disease, usually due to the high fevers caused by the infection. Having said that, some of the drugs given as treatment or prevention of malaria are also known to have gastrointestinal side effects; both chloroquine and proguanil (one of the active ingredients in Malarone) are known to cause nausea and abdominal pain as common side effects, and both can also sometimes (in rare cases) result in gastrointestinal bleeding. It is recommended that these medications be taken with food, to reduce the likelihood of experiences any such side effects.

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