View an illustration about the life cycle of the malaria parasite.
Before leaving home, anyone traveling to an area with malaria should consult a knowledgeable healthcare provider, an international travel clinic, a local health department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or the World Health Organization (WHO) to obtain advice on what medicines to take before, during, and after the trip. Health risks for malaria vary with the destination, conditions of travel, and types of activities the traveler will undertake. A traveler who spends even a single night in a malaria-endemic area risks getting infected.
CDC and WHO have information on how to limit contact with mosquitoes, as well as current guidelines on antimalarial drugs.
Last Updated February 25, 2009
Last Reviewed February 25, 2009