What Increases Your Risk
Risk factors (things that increase your
risk) for getting
- Living or traveling in a
country or region where malaria is present.
- Traveling in an area where malaria is common and:
- Not taking medicine to prevent malaria
before, during, and after travel, or failing to take the medicine
- Being outdoors, especially in rural areas, between dusk
and dawn (nighttime), when the mosquitoes that transmit malaria are most
- Not taking steps to
protect yourself from mosquito bites.
Your risk of getting malaria depends on your age, history
of exposure to malaria, and whether you are pregnant. Most adults who have
lived in areas where malaria is present have developed partial immunity to
malaria because of previous infections and so almost never develop severe
disease. But young children who live in these areas and travelers to these
areas are especially at risk for malaria because they have not developed this
Pregnant women are more likely than nonpregnant women
to get severe malaria, because the immune system is suppressed during
Also, pregnant women,
young children, older adults, and people with other health problems are more
likely to have serious complications if they get malaria.
take measures to reduce the risk of malaria if you live in areas where the
disease is present or if you are traveling in these areas.
Malaria is more severe in people who have had their spleen removed