Georgia Department of Public Health

Malaria A serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that usually infects a certain type of mosquito that feeds on humans. People who have malaria are usually very ill with high fever, shaking chills and flu-like illnesses. Although malaria can be a fatal disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

About 2,000 cases of malaria are diagnosed each year in the United States. Most cases in the United States are among travelers and immigrants returning from countries where malaria transmission occurs, many of which are from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.


Vector-borne diseases are found in almost every travel destination. While there are few vaccines available to protect travelers, the best way to prevent vector-borne diseases is to avoid being bitten by ticks and insects, including mosquitoes, fleas, chiggers, and flies, which transmit disease-causing pathogens. Travel health practitioners should advise travelers to use repellent and take other precautions to prevent bites. The CDC Yellow Book provides prevention recommendations. learn more,

prevent mosquito bites

know the symptoms

The measures used to prevent malaria can be very effective if used correctly, but none of them are 100% effective.

If symptoms of malaria Should this happen, the passenger should seek immediate medical attention.

Malaria is always a serious disease and can be fatal. Travelers who become ill with a fever or flu-like illness while traveling in a malaria-risk area or after returning home (up to 1 year) should seek immediate medical attention and tell a doctor their travel history.

Malaria FAQs

Page updated 06/27/2023

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