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Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. People with malaria often experience fever, chills, and flu-like illness. Left untreated, they may develop severe complications and die. In 2015 an estimated 214 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide and 438,000 people died, mostly children in the African Region. About 1,500 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.

CDC's Malaria Program

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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    1600 Clifton Rd
    MS A-06
    Atlanta, GA 30329-4027
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  • Health care providers needing assistance with diagnosis or management of suspected cases of malaria should call the CDC Malaria Hotline: 770-488-7788 or 855-856-4713 toll-free (M-F, 9am-5pm, eastern time).
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  • Emergency consultation after hours, call: 770-488-7100 and request to speak with a CDC Malaria Branch clinician.
  • malaria@cdc.gov

Programs & Campaigns

President's Malaria Initiative

President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) is a U.S. government initiative designed to cut malaria deaths in half in target countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

PMI Tenth Annual Report, April 2016
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