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Malaria and pregnancy

Published: 12/11/2014

Malaria is a serious infection caused by a parasite called plasmodium. The parasite lives in mosquitoes. If you are bitten by a mosquito that carries the parasite, you can become infected with malaria. In the UK, about 1500 cases of malaria are reported each year and around 10 people will die

This information is for you if you would like to know about malaria and pregnancy. The information applies to women who live in the UK. It may not apply to women who live in an area where malaria is common, such as parts of Africa, Asia and South America.

It tells you:

  • how malaria can affect your health and the wellbeing of your baby
  • how to reduce the risk of getting malaria during pregnancy
  • how malaria is diagnosed and treated

This information has been developed by the RCOG Patient Information Committee. It is based on the RCOG Green-top guidelines The Diagnosis and Treatment of Malaria in Pregnancy (2010) and The Prevention of Malaria in Pregnancy (2010).

Further information about malaria for people travelling overseas is available from Public Health England:

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