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QUIZ: How much do you know about malaria?

Dr. Akin-Onitolo A.



Malaria is such a common occurrence that we have all had one episode or more since birth. Despite this, it is major cause of death in children under 5 years of age. It is also a cause of death in pregnant mothers and can affect their unborn babies. Being so common, shouldn’t we all know everything about it? Let us see how much of our quiz you can answer correctly.


1. Malaria is caused by;

a) Bacteria

b) Virus

c) Plasmodium


2. How do you get malaria?

a) Wearing tight shoes

b) Sleeping indoors

c) Swimming in dirty pools

d) Living with someone who has cough

e) Bite from an infected mosquito


3. How often does a child die of malaria?

a) Every 2 weeks

b) Every 30 seconds

c) Every 5 days

d) Every 3 hours

e) Every 20 days


4. What symptoms does malaria typically cause?

a) Fever, headache, constipation, stomach pain

b) Fever, chills, vomiting, headache

c) Fever, diarrhea, weight loss, cough

d) Fever, stomach swelling, puffy eyes, coca-cola urine

e) Fever, convulsions, fainting, excessive sweating


5. Can malaria affect the brain

a) Yes

b) No

c) I don’t know


6. Malaria is prevented by:

a) Using insecticide treated nets

b) Taking malaria preventive medicine during pregnancy

c) Clearing water puddles

d) Using insecticide sprays

e) All of the above


7. How can you test for malaria?

a) Rapid test kit

b) Urine test

c) Drug test

d) Stomach scan

e) Blood sugar test


8. Malaria is treated using:

a) Piriton

b) Antibiotics

c) Blood tonic

d) ACTs (Artemisinin-based combination therapy)

e) Folic acid


9. How many days does treatment often take?

a) 2 weeks

b) 4 days

c) 3 days

d) 10 days

e) 1 week


Besides the very popular symptoms of malaria, there are complications when it affects important organs in the body such as the kidneys and the brain. In such cases, treatment will involve Quinine injections until you are strong enough to swallow oral ACTs. Because of how common it is, progress is ongoing to produce an effective vaccine. Someday, we hope malaria will become a thing of the past, so our tenth question then would be, ‘Is there a vaccine against malaria?’ Do let us know how you fared in the comments section.



P.S.: Answers are:

1) C  2) E  3) B  4) B  5) A

6) E  7) A  8) D  9) C

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Dr. Akin-onitolo A. is a graduate of the University of Lagos whose mission is to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) using health promotion and improved health literacy. She is an MDCN (Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria) certified doctor who had her elective at King's College London. Hugely interested in travel, meeting people and generally being creative, reading and writing fiction are a few hobbies you could find her engaged in during her spare time. Catch up with her on Twitter @Akinonitolo and Instagram @t_onitolo