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What causes malaria?

Malaria is caused by one of four kinds of protozoan parasites. These parasites are typically transmitted through mosquito bites. In rare cases, transmission of the infection occurs from a mother to her unborn child, through blood transfusions, or by reusing an unclean injection needle previously used by a person with malaria. There is generally an incubation period of one week to one month between when a person is infected and when their symptoms begin to show.

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