When should I see my healthcare provider about malaria?

If you’ve traveled to or live in a country where malaria is common and you have symptoms of malaria, see your provider immediately. Early diagnosis makes treatment more effective. It’s also important to seek treatment right away to stop malaria from spreading to others.

A note from Cleveland Clinic

Malaria is a serious illness, but it’s possible to prevent it. You can lower your risk of infection by protecting yourself from mosquito bites and taking preventive medications. If you’re traveling where malaria is common, talk to your provider several weeks before you leave.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 08/20/2020.


  • Merck Manuals. Malaria. Accessed 8/20/2020.
  • Centers for Disease Control. Malaria. Accessed 8/20/2020.
  • National Organization for Rare Disorders. Malaria. Accessed 8/20/2020.

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