Plasmodium spp.


Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a group of parasitic protozoa (single-celled microorganisms) in the genus Plasmodium. People with malaria often experience fever, chills, and flu-like illness. Left untreated, they may develop severe complications and die. In 2015 an estimated 212 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide and 429,000 people died, mostly children in the African Region. About 1,700 cases of malaria are diagnosed in the United States each year. The vast majority of cases in the United States are in travelers and immigrants returning from countries where malaria transmission occurs, many from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.  (Credit: CDC)

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