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How is malaria spread?

Page last updated 09 April 2020

Malaria is spread by the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito. The mosquito may have picked up the parasite from another person, but in general, people cannot spread the parasite directly to one another.

However, malaria can be spread by blood transfusion, organ transplantation, sharing of needles, or from mother to baby before and/or during birth.

Sources & Citations

2. NSW Government, Department of Health, Malaria fact sheet. Available at: (accessed 11 March 2020). 

3. World Health Organisation, Malaria Fact Sheet. Available at: (accessed 11 March 2020).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.05.0186(1)a - Date of preparation March 2020