General Information
Malaria is a serious and potentially fatal illness caused by blood borne parasites. These parasites are spread from person to person through the bite of the anopheles mosquito. Because malaria is caused by a parasite and not a virus, there is no vaccine for the disease. There are, however, several drugs available for both treatment and prevention of malaria.
• Malaria is a tropical and subtropical disease, occurring in over 100 countries around the world. Areas of high malaria risk include Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, and Oceania.

• Malaria symptoms are similar to the flu, including fever, chills, headache, muscle ache and fatigue. Sufferers may also experience nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, and anemia and jaundice in rare cases.

• Most people begin to exhibit symptoms from 10 days to four weeks after infection, though symptoms can arise as early as eight days and as late as a year post-infection.

• Malaria is a very serious illness and kills over 2 million people a year worldwide.

Malaria Prevention and Treatment Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Information on Malaria
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