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Is malaria contagious?

Page last updated 18 July 2018

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

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Malaria FAQs. Available at (accessed 5 April 2018).

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