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 2016 an estimated 216 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide and 445,000 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.
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The U.S. government’s goal under the PMI Strategy 2015-2020 is to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity, toward the long-term goal of elimination.
PMI 12th Annual Report, April 2018
Visit our DPDx website, which was developed by CDC’s Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria to strengthen diagnosis of parasitic diseases, both in the United States and abroad.