Malaria

Rport within 24 hours of Diagnosis to the Local Health Department.

Malaria is a serious illness caused by a parasite that affects the red blood cells. People can get malaria if they are bitten by an infected mosquito in a region of the world where malaria is circulating. People may also get malaria through blood transfusions from infected donors, sharing infected syringes, and rarely, from an infected mother to her baby. Symptoms may include high fever, chills, headache, nausea, vomiting, and sweating. Malaria can be successfully treated and treatment should be initiated as soon as possible. People traveling to areas of the world where malaria occurs should take precautions against malaria infections such as oral preventive drugs and preventing mosquito bites.

 

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Last Reviewed: 8/4/2017