Malaria is a parasitic infection spread by mosquitoes. It is nearly wiped out in the United States but remains one of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases, striking primarily in developing countries with warm climates. Malaria is preventable with proper precautions and protections, such as wearing insect repellant with DEET and medicines a doctor can prescribe.
There is a quick blood test for malaria.
Treatment depends on the type of malarial parasite, but early treatment (best within 24 hours of contracting the disease) with appropriate anti-malarial drugs can be lifesaving.
Malaria is treated by our Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease.