Who is at increased risk for malaria infection?

Updated: Apr 26, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Each Plasmodium species has a defined area of endemicity, although geographic overlap is common. At risk for contraction of malaria are persons living in or traveling to areas of Central America, South America, Hispaniola, sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania. Among these regions, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest occurrence of P falciparum transmission to travelers from the United States. (See Epidemiology.)


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