Difference between Dengu and Malaria

Friday, 30/09/2016

Malaria and Dengue are both mosquito-borne diseases . Both of these are quite severe and are accompanied by serious symptoms . Usually, the symptoms are so similar that it gets a bit difficult conclusive identification without the laboratory testing. To know the differences between the two let us first study both the diseases in detail.


• Dengue is generally caused by an infected ‘Aedes aegypti’ mosquito. Dengue can be further spread if another mosquito bites the infected person and then spread it to people. This mosquito often preys during the day time and is found near the stagnant water or the stored water.

• When a dengue mosquito is infected, it spreads the disease through it’s saliva when it bites.



• The incubation period is generally about 3-14 days so,the symptoms won’t be visible before this time . Understand that these symptoms might vary, depending upon the type of virus and level of immunity of the disease.

• The virus will result in killing of your white blood cells which will eventually trigger the leakage of other fluids from cells leading to low protein, low albumin, filling of unnecessary fluids in lungs and stomach area, low blood pressure, shock and even death.

• High fever will occur just like other systemic infection which may rise to 104 *F and beyond. Intense headaches, bleeding of nose, nausea, burning sensation or pain in eyes, soar throat and common cold are normally accompanied with the high temperature.

• Also, rashes, redness and swelling may occur on some parts of the body mostly including limbs, face and neck.

• As soon as you recognise any of the above symptoms, immediately get your diagnosis done .



• Malaria is caused by the bite of ‘female anopheles’ mosquito. The mosquito usually resides in the dirty, stagnant, unclear water as well as surroundings.

• Now , identification of the disease can be a difficult task. In most cases, manifestations of malaria will begin 8-25 days later the mosquito bite which is the reason that the initially prescribed laboratory test doesn’t yield the appropriate result for quite a long time.



• High fever is the for-most sign which one might develop commonly. The body temperature may reach as high as 104’F. This may often be accompanied with chills which allow muscles to burn and thereupon increase the temperature.

• Suffocation, sweating or shivering, drowsiness and hard breathing are mainly been noticed among the few malaria patients.

• As soon as you recognise any of the above symptoms, immediately get your diagnosis done.

• Malaria,usually, does not have specific symptoms so, it may be difficult to diagnose.

• Also, get a physical examination done if needed. Although, these physical findings may not be in particular but they could be used to make a rough diagnosis of the disease,

A blood test is prescribed by the physician in a thirty six hour period for the recolonisation of the disease.



• Both the diseases are carried by different species of mosquitoes.

• Generally, the infectious agents are different as well.

• The differences in incubation period is also quite notable.

• There is huge gap between the symptoms of the very same.

• The mosquitoes of both the diseases occur in different scenarios and surroundings.


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