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04/12/24 Public Health Education Topic: Malaria

Per CDC:

What you need to know

  • Malaria is a serious disease caused by a parasite that infects a certain type of mosquito.

  • Most people get malaria from the bite of an infective mosquito.

  • Malaria can be a deadly disease if not diagnosed and treated quickly. Starting treatment as soon as possible can often prevent severe illness and death.


The risk of malaria in the United States is very low. People do not spread malaria to other people, like the common cold or the flu. Also, malaria is not sexually transmitted. The U.S. reports about 2,000 cases of malaria each year. Most of these cases are in people traveling to areas where malaria spreads.


Malaria symptoms range from very mild illness to severe disease and even death. 

Early Symptoms can include:

  • Fever and flu-like illness

  • Chills

  • Headache, muscle aches, and tiredness

  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur.

If not treated quickly, the infection can become severe.

Severe symptoms can include:

  • kidney failure

  • seizures

  • mental confusion

  • coma



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