While no longer native to the United States, hospitalization from malaria occurs in this country more than most would believe. Why is that, and what can you do to protect yourself when you travel abroad to regions where malaria is active?

Today, we associate malaria with tropical or subtropical regions, but the parasite that causes malaria was once a big problem in the US. Malaria is caused by members of the family Plasmodium. The most virulent member of that group is P. faciparum, whose picture you can see above. The parasite is largely responsible for the illness and death that occurs from… more

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