I am from East Africa. On July 3rd,2011 I had chills and I consulted a doctor, he did a blood test and told me I had malaria and gave me medication.
Then after 10 days I had neck pain and I went again to the doctor, who did another blood test, diagnosed malaria and gave medication. Then after 10 days it repeated.
It’s now the 22nd august,2011. I have pain in my neck and I went to another doctor he told to take blood test and he told for the last one month you didn’t get attacked by malaria. Can I know whether I suffered from malaria for the past 1 month? Also he has told me to take saline with some medicine to flush out that malaria medication. Is it correct? Please advise me.
One of our collaborating medical doctors has kindly assisted in providing this answer. If recurrent symptoms of malaria were from one exposure to malaria earlier this year, then a drug-resistant strain of Plasmodium vivax is likely. OR, he/she simply needs to take primaquine for 4-6 weeks to eradicate the liver phase. The recurrent blood phase (symptomatic phase) may be due to smoldering infection in the liver. In order to confirm this hypothesis, you would need to know what drugs you were given on your earlier trips to the doctor, as well as the type of malaria the doctor diagnosed, if possible.