So, a couple of days ago (Sunday) I started feeling pretty ill. Headache, sore joints, cold sweats and a bit of the ol’ D and V! I initially put this down to food poisoning mixed with a bit of dehydration and lack of sleep. The diarrhoea and vomiting stopped Monday and I started to feel better. However, come Tuesday the headache, sore joints and cold sweats were back with a vengeance. I mentioned this to Elisha, my girlfriend over Facebook messenger and she suggested it could be Malaria, so I immediately told Abraham, the senior geo on site and he called the doctor.
The doctor came over and suggested the symptoms are characteristic of Malaria and sent me to the clinic, where I indeed tested positive for Malaria. I am now of a cocktail of pain and anti Malaria medication to get me sorted.
I think the main thing I’ve taken from this experience is to know first hand what the symptoms of Malaria are. This is something that was explained to me before moving to Cote d’Ivoire. However, it slipped my mind! Not a mistake I will make again!
So, here is some info on the symptoms of Malaria:
- Muscle Pain (Sore Joints)
- Sweats and Chills
- Diarrhoea and Vomiting
If you live in a country where mosquitoes carry Malaria and you get these symptoms, get yourself to a doctor as Malaria is deadly if untreated!
For more info check out: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Malaria/Pages/Introduction.aspx