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Is malaria contagious?

Page last updated 09 April 2020

No. Malaria cannot be spread casually from person to person. Malaria can only be transferred by the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito.

However, because malaria lives in the red blood cells, it can be spread via blood transfusion, organ transplantation, or from a mother to baby.

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