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Table 2 Distinguishing malarial fever from other fever by presentation of symptoms- summary of community responses in Tanna Island, 2009

From: Community participation for malaria elimination in tafea province, vanuatu: part ii. social and cultural aspects of treatment-seeking behaviour

  All Other Fever Fever due to cold and flu Fever due to 'sik blong mosquito'
  Fever outside or inside the body Typically fever inside the body Fever inside the body
  Patient feels hot Patient feels hot Patient feels hot and cold*
  Loss of appetite Loss of appetite Loss of appetite
  Dizzy Dizzy Dizzy
Symptom Signifiers Weak Weak Weak
  Dehydration possible Dehydration possible dehydration
  Cough Cough Cough
  Fever may be only symptom Fever always with other symptoms Fever always with other symptoms
  Sometimes head ache Sometimes headache Always Head ache*
  Sometimes body pain Sometimes body pain Always Body ache*
  Symptoms rarely last for long time Symptoms sometimes last for long time Symptoms always lasting 24 hours or more*
  Sometimes severe symptoms Sometime severe symptoms Always Severely presenting symptoms*
  1. *indicates notable difference in symptom signifiers for malaria.