Once again I've been bitten by a pregnant mosquito. A female mosquito of the Anopheles genus. Apparently the males are vegetarian and I only read today that it's only the pregnant female which draws blood [for food] from the human.
Although I've already had malaria twice in the past five months, this time I really felt awful: painful joints, (I kept wondering if I was developing arthritis in my left hip!) flu-like symptoms, neck tension and subsequent headaches. Grant took me to the clinic last night and the results of my blood test were positive. I looked into the microscope to see how to tell if you have the malaria parasites in your bloodstreams.
Although I saw the parasites in my blood under the microscope last night, I downloaded this photo from the Internet. Mine looked exactly the same!
The company has a well-equipped clinic in the village, with trained and competent staff. The people come down from the mountain and surrounding areas in the valley, where the clinics have been abandoned due to bad management, and use our clinic.
After my second round of anti-malarial drugs this morning, I showered and went back to bed. Ginger was thrilled and slept on my feet! I've been up and had a cup of tea and going back to bed now. I believe I'll be fine by tomorrow.