What is Malaria?

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Malaria is a potentially fatal disease caused by a parasite of the genus Plasmodium. It is transmitted to humans through the bite of female mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles.  

It is one of the most commonly imported tropical diseases, and one of the primary health concerns for travellers. Every year, between 400 and 600 cases of malaria imported from those who have travelled to risk zones are diagnosed in Spain every year.    

Malaria distribution

The disease is widespread in many tropical countries, although the greatest risk of contagion is concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as in certain parts of South America and Asia.  

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