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An overview of malaria and the signs, symptoms, treatment and prevention of this infection passed on by mosquitoes.

Key points

  • Malaria is an infection. It is passed on by mosquitoes. Malaria can be caught while travelling in some parts of the world.
  • The symptoms may be similar to a terrible flu.
  • If your child has malaria symptoms, see a doctor right away.
  • If left untreated, malaria can be deadly.
  • If you plan to visit an area affected by malaria, you need to prepare to avoid infection.
Last updated: March 5th 2010