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What increases my risk for malaria?

If you live in an area where malaria is endemic, there is a good chance that you have developed a certain level of immunity against the disease. People who travel to countries where malaria is endemic have the highest risk of both contracting the disease and of experiencing severe infection, as their bodies have not developed any immunity against malaria. This is particularly true of travelers visiting sub-Saharan Africa. Likewise, small children and babies are also among the highest at risk even if they live in areas where malaria exists because they've not yet had a chance to build immunity. Pregnant women, unborn children, and people who had once developed immunity but are no longer exposed to malaria are also at risk of contracting the disease.

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