How is malaria infection transmitted?

Updated: Apr 26, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Individuals with malaria typically acquired the infection in an endemic area following a mosquito bite. Cases of infection secondary to transfusion of infected blood are extremely rare. The risk of infection depends on the intensity of malaria transmission and the use of precautions, such as bed nets, diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET), and malaria prophylaxis.


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