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Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. People with malaria often experience fever, chills, and flu-like illness. Left untreated, they may develop severe complications and die. Each year 350-500 million cases of malaria occur worldwide, and over one million people die, most of them young children in Africa south of the Sahara.

This sometimes fatal disease can be prevented and cured. Bednets, insecticides, and antimalarial drugs are effective tools to fight malaria in areas where it is transmitted. Travelers to a malaria-risk area should avoid mosquito bites and take a preventive antimalarial drug.

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Specific Topics
· About Malaria
- Frequently Asked Questions, Malaria Facts
· Biology
· CDC Activities
· Control and Prevention
· Diagnosis and Treatment
- guidelines for clinicians, treatment table
· Disease
· Malaria Risk Map Application
· Geographic Distribution and Epidemiology
· History
· Impact of Malaria
· References and Resources
· Training
· Travel
Information for Specific Groups and Settings
· Clinicians/Healthcare Settings
· International Community
· Travelers
· Blood Donor Screening
Page last modified: December 5, 2008
Content Source: National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases (ZVED)


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Health care providers needing assistance with diagnosis or management of suspected cases of malaria should call the CDC Malaria Hotline: 770-488-7788 (M-F, 8am-4:30pm, eastern time). Emergency consultation after hours, call: 770-488-7100 and request to speak with a CDC Malaria Branch clinician.

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News and Highlights

Malaria Surveillance — United States, 2006 (June 20, 2008)

Plasmodium falciparum Malaria and Atovaquone-Proguanil Treatment Failure (EID, January 29, 2008)

Notice to Readers: New Medication for Severe Malaria Available Under an Investigational New Drug Protocol (MMWR, August 3, 2007)

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