Malaria is a bloodborne disease that is extremely rare in Utah. It is most commonly found in tropical and subtropical regions of the world and typically spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.
When traveling to areas of the world where Malaria is endemic (prevalent) individuals should consider taking recommended protective measures:
- Use of insecticide-treated bed nets
- Avoid being outdoors during dusk and dawn when mosquitos are most active
- Use of recommended insect repellant
- Wear-long sleaved clothing and pants when outdoors at night
- Use screens over doors and windows
- Anitmalarial medications are also available and should be prescribed in the correct dosages to those traveling to areas of the world where malaria is common.
- Consult your physician or international travel clinic.