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How is malaria spread?

Page last updated 18 July 2018

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.

Malaria may also be spread by blood transfusion, organ transplantation, sharing of needles, or from mother to baby before and/or during birth.

Sources & Citations

  1. Victorian State Government, Better Health Channel, Malaria. Available at (accessed 5 April 2018).
  2. World Health Organisation, Malaria Fact Sheet. Available at (accessed 5 April 2018).
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Malaria FAQs. Available at (accessed 5 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.05.0186a - Date of preparation May 2018