Malaria News

Malaria is a serious disease caused by a parasite. The most common way to contract the disease is by being bitten by an infected mosquito. Though the most severe forms of malaria are fatal, it can be successfully treated if diagnosed early on.

Malaria was all but eliminated from the United States in the 1950s, but Americans continue to contract the disease when travelling internationally, especially in Africa and South Asia.

Symptoms of Malaria

Symptoms of uncomplicated malaria can sometimes be similar to the flu -- fever, sweating, weakness, headaches, nausea and vomiting, malaise and rapid breathing. Jaundice or an enlarged spleen or liver can also occur. When malaria is severe, however, the complications become much worse and can be life-threatening. These can include seizures and coma, severe blood and breathing problems and kidney failure. Severe malaria is a medical emergency that demands immediate treatment.

Prevention and Treatment

People traveling to an area where malaria infection is a risk can take steps to minimize their chances of contracting the disease. Wearing protective clothing, using mosquito netting, applying bug repellent and taking anti-malaria medications can all help. But, if you contract flu-like or other worrisome symptoms after traveling in a malaria-prone area, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Various medications can treat the parasite in the blood and work to end the infection. Treatment is usually successfully once malaria has been diagnosed, but catching and treating it early gives you the best chance for a good outcome.

SOUCES: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Genetic Tweaks in Mosquitoes Might Curb Malaria Transmission

New methods could be used along with older control techniques, such as bed netting

Travelers Bring Malaria Back to U.S., With High Costs

Study finds it leads to more hospitalizations than other travel-related illnesses

Far Fewer Kids Are Dying Worldwide, but Gains Are Uneven

While study found great progress, problems persist in South Asia and parts of Africa

For a Fun and Safe Tropical Getaway, Plan Ahead

Be aware of unusual health risks in the Caribbean and Central and South America, doctor advises

Chickens Make Malaria Mosquitoes Fly the Coop

Sleeping with a feathered friend nearby may keep some biting bugs at bay, researchers find

Malaria Vaccine Protection Short-Lived in Young Children

Kids in study were given 3 doses, but manufacturer now says 4 doses needed

Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise in Small Study

It protected more than half of healthy adult volunteers for up to a year

Combo Treatment Protects Pregnant Women, Fetuses From Malaria in Study

Findings suggest older medication is losing effectiveness, researchers say

Preventable Ills Cause Nearly 8 Million Childhood Deaths Globally

Diarrhea, respiratory infections are top killers, research shows

Hard Lessons Learned From the Ebola Fight

West Africa epidemic showed women survived more, and an anti-malaria drug worked well, scientists report

Toxic Chemicals May Weaken Infants' Response to TB Vaccine

PCBs, DDT found in babies' blood samples appear to dampen immunity, study says

Ebola Linked to Rise in Malaria Deaths in Guinea

West Africans were avoiding clinics for fear of catching the deadly virus, study finds

Health Assistance to Developing Countries Up Since 1990: Study

But, rise in funding has stagnated since 2010, researchers add

Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise in Shielding African Children

Even though shot offered less-than-perfect protection, millions might benefit, researchers say

Ebola Outbreak May Have Led to Almost 11,000 More Malaria Deaths: Study

Overwhelmed systems caused deadly disruptions in health care, experts say

U.S. Agrees to Help Launch 'African CDC'

Goal is to assist Africans to prevent, identify and respond to disease outbreaks

Insecticide Sprays Don't Offer Extra Protection Against Malaria: Study

Infection rates among kids in Africa were no better than when using bed nets alone

Malaria Growing Resistant to Drugs Used to Fight It

But several new drugs are in the development pipeline, experts say

Researchers Explore New Target for Malaria Vaccine

Approach shows promise in mice but more study needed before human trials can begin, experts say

Scientists Seek to Take Bite Out of Mosquito Problem

Knowing how they detect skin odor might lead to better repellants, researcher says

U.S. Malaria Cases Hit 40-Year High

Almost all the cases came from travelers to Africa, India, CDC says

First Effective Malaria Vaccine May Be Near, Experts Say

Latest trial of candidate shot shows big drop in cases for kids; drug company hopes to market by 2015

'Intensifed' Global Effort Needed to Further Cut Child Deaths: Report

While mortality rates are dropping among children under 5, researchers says more could be done

Mosquitoes With Altered Gene Can't Sniff People Out

Researchers hope finding leads to better prevention of malaria, other diseases

China's Overuse of Antibiotics in Livestock May Threaten Human Health

Much higher levels of antibiotic-resistance genes found at pig farms in study

Malaria, Typhoid Pose Biggest Threat to Travelers in Tropics

The feared Ebola virus is much less common, study says

HIV Drug Combo May Help Prevent Malaria Reinfection

HIV-positive kids taking anti-malarials plus protease inhibitors had lower rates of recurrence

Older Travelers at Much Higher Risk of Dying From Malaria

Study of U.K. tourists found particularly high risk in Gambia, West Africa

Malaria's Global Death Toll Much Higher Than Thought

Study estimates 1.2 million die each year, nearly double previous estimates

Promising Malaria Vaccine May Save Children's Lives

Phase 3 study finds it's not perfect, but could still prevent tens of millions of cases a year

Herbal Derivative Wins Praise as Malaria Treatment

Experts in tropical medicine say artesunate can save more lives than quinine

New Malaria Drug Proves Effective in Study of African Children

Artesunate should replace quinine as the treatment of choice worldwide, researchers say

Mosquito Evolution May Make It Harder to Fight Malaria: Study

Two distinct species developing faster than expected, scientists say

Almost Half of Deaths in Kids Under 5 Occur in 5 Countries

Two-thirds of cases due to infectious diseases, researchers report

Not All Mosquitoes Deterred by DEET

That genetic trait could lead researchers to better insect repellents, they say

Malaria Parasite Infects Gorillas, Not Just Humans

Discovery may aid vaccine development, but could hinder efforts to eradicate disease, researchers say

Resistance to Malaria Drug Reported in Cambodia

Millions at risk if artemisinin treatment becomes ineffective, study says

Coartem Approved to Treat Malaria

U.S. travelers to stricken areas are at risk of infection

'Airport Malaria' Risk Rising With Global Warming

Researchers say once inhospitable climes becoming more conducive to spread

Malaria Vaccine Effective in Latest Trials

Mosquito-borne disease kills nearly 1 million people, mostly African children, every year

Genetic Research Offers Insights Into Form of Malaria

P. vivax causes 300 million cases of the disease each year

Scientists ID Enzyme That Allows Dysentery Amoeba to Hide

Finding could lead to more effective treatments for diarrhea worldwide, study says

Few Countries on Track to Curb Maternal, Child Mortality Rates

Global initiative stymied by shortage of money, human resources, analysis concludes

Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise in Small Trial

First test in country where disease is endemic produced strong results