Can malaria be prevented?


Because malaria is developed from the bite of an infected mosquito, malaria can be prevented by using mosquito net treated with insecticides, making sure all windows and doors are covered with screens, and using insecticides on interior walls where malaria is a major problem. If you are traveling in an area where the risk of malaria is high, make sure you wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and other protective clothing to protect yourself from mosquito bites-in particular from dusk until morning. DEET and other insect repellants can also be used to ward off mosquitoes. Preventive medications can also be prescribed as anti-malaria tools. Be sure to check with a doctor about the side effects of any medications being prescribed to you.

Continue Learning about Malaria


Did you know that you can contract malaria during a blood transfusion or organ transplant, or if you share needles with an infected person? Most people know that mosquitoes spread malaria, which is an illness caused by a parasite. ...

Malaria can be deadly, killing almost one million people each year, mostly in Africa, where infants, young children, and pregnant women are most at risk. If you are bitten by a mosquito that is carrying malaria you may experience symptoms like sweating, fever, gastrointestinal illness, chills, jaundice and/or flu-like symptoms. If you travel to countries with warm climates affected by malaria, protect yourself. Use mosquito netting around your bed, and wear insect repellent containing DEET. If you do get sick, your doctor can prescribe medications to prevent serious complications from malaria.

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