Table 1

Variables documented during history and physical examination

Background information
Age in months
Sex
Child coming from a known malarious village
Previous attack of malaria
Recent travel to known malarious village
History of current illness
Fever pattern (intermittent/continuous)
Diarrhoea (watery/bloody)
Chills/rigors
Earache
Running nose
Poor feeding/failure to suck
Vomiting
History of convulsion
Cough
Urinary problems (increased frequency/dysuria/change in ‚ÄÉcolour)
Difficulty in breathing
Physical examination
Respiratory rate
Wheeze
Total liver span
Pulse rate
Stridor
Tenderness of liver
Pallor (conjunctival/palmar/nail bed/tongue)
Bronchial breathing
Splenomegaly
Exudates on tonsils
Reduced air entry
Dehydration signs
Tympanic membrane (red/bulging/discharge)
Neck vein congestion
Altered consciousness
Grunting
Pulsations over the neck
Tone
Nasal flaring
Gallop rhythm
Peripheral oedema
Chest indrawing
Ejection systolic murmur
Skin rash (urticaria/scarlet fever/measles/scabies/pyoderma)
Crepitations
Hepatomegaly