ICD-10 Code B53

Other specified malaria

Version 2019 Non-Billable Code
ICD-10: B53
Short Description:Other specified malaria
Long Description:Other specified malaria

Not Valid for Submission

ICD-10 B53 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of other specified malaria. The code is NOT valid for the year 2019 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • B53.0 - Plasmodium ovale malaria
  • B53.1 - Malaria due to simian plasmodia
  • B53.8 - Other malaria, not elsewhere classified

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Protozoal diseases (B50-B64)
      • Other specified malaria (B53)

Information for Patients


Malaria

Malaria is a serious disease caused by a parasite. You get it when an infected mosquito bites you. Malaria is a major cause of death worldwide, but it is almost wiped out in the United States. The disease is mostly a problem in developing countries with warm climates. If you travel to these countries, you are at risk. There are four different types of malaria caused by four related parasites. The most deadly type occurs in Africa south of the Sahara Desert.

Malaria symptoms include chills, flu-like symptoms, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and jaundice. A blood test can diagnose it. It can be life-threatening. However, you can treat malaria with drugs. The type of drug depends on which kind of malaria you have and where you were infected.

Malaria can be prevented. When traveling to areas where malaria is found

  • See your doctor for medicines that protect you
  • Wear insect repellent with DEET
  • Cover up
  • Sleep under mosquito netting

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Malaria (Medical Encyclopedia)

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ICD-10 Footnotes

General Equivalence Map Definitions
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  • Combination Flag - The combination flag indicates that more than one code in the target system is required to satisfy the full equivalent meaning of a code in the source system.