A cross-sectional survey was conducted at the out-patient clinic of Kisenyi Health Centre IV between January and March 2020. All patients presenting to the clinic were consecutively screened for eligibility to participate in the study. Study participants were enrolled if; (1) they were aged 12 years and above; (2) had a documented fever (history of fever the past 48 h or axillary temperature ≥ 37.5 °C); (3) they were able to speak English or Luganda; (4) provided written informed consent (parental consent and assent for patients aged 12–17 years). Exit interviews were conducted on all enrolled participants using a detailed questionnaire. The questionnaire captured information on the participant’s demographics, LLIN use the night before the survey, history of overnight travel, and malaria treatment history. Information on presenting complaints, routine diagnostic procedures, and laboratory results were recorded from the patient-held records and a research blood smear was collected by a finger prick from all the participants for malaria microscopy.

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