Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Blood tests can show the presence of the parasite and help tailor treatment by determining:

  • Whether you have malaria
  • Which type of malaria parasite is causing your symptoms
  • If your infection is caused by a parasite resistant to certain drugs
  • Whether the disease is affecting any of your vital organs

Some blood tests can take several days to complete, while others can produce results in less than 15 minutes.

Jan. 25, 2013