Can malaria be prevented?

Yes, malaria can be prevented. Here are some important tips to help keep you from getting the disease:

  • Check with your Health Department to find out if malaria is a risk when traveling out of the country.
  • If you are traveling to a country where malaria is common, talk to your doctor or health department about taking medication that could keep you from getting malaria.
  • When traveling in areas with mosquito infestation, put on insect repellent that contains N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET).
  • Wear clothing that does not leave your skin exposed to mosquitoes.
  • When living in or visiting a country where malaria is commonly found, sleep under treated mosquito netting.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 05/10/2017.


  • World Health Organization. International Travel and Health Accessed 5/17/2017.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Malaria Accessed 5/17/2017.
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Malaria Accessed 5/17/2017.

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