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Is malaria contagious?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

You can catch malaria, but it is not like catching a virus. It is caused by a parasite and is most often transmitted through mosquito bites. Although safety measures have been put in place to avoid transmission through blood transfusions in the United States, blood transfusion is a less common way that malaria is spread. The malaria parasites can also be transferred through sharing injection needles that have been used by someone infected with malaria or from a pregnant mother to her unborn child.

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