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Is malaria contagious?

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According to the CDC, malaria is not contagious. It cannot be transmitted through sex or casual contact. Malaria is most commonly the result of being bitten by an infective female Anopheles mosquito.

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According to the CDC, malaria is found in the red blood cells of infected people. The disease can be transmitted through blood transfusions, organ transplants and sharing contaminated needles or syringes. A pregnant woman can transmit malaria to a baby before or during childbirth. According to WebMD, malaria most commonly occurs in Southern Asia, Central America, Africa and South America, rarely being found in the United States. Most cases of malaria can be treated with medicine, but malaria parasites continue to live if they are in the liver or are resistant to the administered medicine.

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