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 malaria-prone regions
- 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
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Malaria (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Available in Spanish
- Malaria (American Academy of Family Physicians) Available in Spanish
- Understanding Malaria (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
- Understanding Malaria: Fighting an Ancient Scourge (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) - PDF
- Malaria Symptoms (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
- Play the Mosquito Game (Nobel Foundation)
Statistics and Research
- Malaria Facts (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Malaria Research (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
- Shape of Key Malaria Protein Could Help Improve Vaccine Efficacy (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Malaria (National Institutes of Health)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Genetic Diversity and Protective Efficacy of the RTS,S/AS01 Malaria Vaccine.
- Article: Intermittent screening and treatment or intermittent preventive treatment with dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine...
- Article: Review: HIV-Plasmodium Co-infection: Malaria in AIDS patients.
- Malaria -- see more articles
- New Recommendations for Mefloquine Use in Pregnancy (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)