The essentials

Malaria is a dangerous disease that is common in many parts of the world. If you are in one of those areas, you can get malaria from just one mosquito bite. It can make you very ill, or even kill you. But there are things you can do to avoid mosquito bites, and good treatments are available to protect against the disease.

We've brought together the best research about malaria and weighed up the evidence about how to prevent it. You can use our information to talk to your doctor and decide which treatments are best for you.

In Brief

Malaria prevention
Malaria is a dangerous disease that's spread by mosquito bites. It's common in parts of Asia, Africa, and South America. You can prevent it by avoiding bites and by taking medicines.
Last updated: May 29, 2014