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What causes malaria?

Malaria is usually contracted by the bite of an infected anopheles mosquito. As malaria parasites are transmitted through the blood, infection can also occur when blood is exchanged between two people, such as during an organ transplant or blood transfusion, or by sharing an infected needle. A mother can pass on the malaria parasite to her baby at birth - this is known as congenital malaria.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 03 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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