Information on Malaria
An estimated 300 to 500 million cases of malaria occur each year, and more than 1 million people die of the disease annually. Even though it was eradicated from the United States in the early 1950s, malaria is still common in many developing countries.
This disease is usually transmitted through the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito, but can also be spread through contact with infected blood. Casual contact with infected people will not spread the disease.
Common early symptoms include:
- Shaking chills
Prompt treatment with medication is necessary to cure the disease and prevent its serious effects. Without treatment, it can be a severe, potentially fatal disease.
(Click Malaria for more information on this disease, including details on its incubation period.)