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What is Malaria? (CDC.com)
Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness.
- About 2,000 cases of malaria are diagnosed in the United States each year.
- The vast majority of cases in the United States are in travelers and immigrants returning from countries where malaria transmission occurs, many from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
- The most used preventive drug used for preventing Malaria is called Antimalarial pills. They are unlike a vaccination and must be taken on a regular basis.
- No antimalarial drug is 100% protective and must be combined with the use of personal protective measures, (i.e., insect repellent, long sleeves, long pants, sleeping in a mosquito-free setting or using an insecticide-treated bednet).
Who Should Be Using Preventive Action?
Anyone traveling to a region with malaria should consider antimalarial medication.
Where Can I Get Antimalarials?
- Antimalarials are available by prescription-only, visit our trusted pharmacy for a full consulation on what you need to stay protected against Malaria
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