Malaria Outbreak in Florida and Texas: What You Need to Know

Malaria, a disease caused by a parasite carried by female mosquitoes, has been found in Florida and Texas.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed five cases of locally-acquired malaria in the US.

The risk of malaria in the US is low, but the CDC has issued an alert and recommends anyone with symptoms to seek urgent medical attention.

Symptoms of malaria include fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, and fatigue. Frequent fever attacks has also been reported.

Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur, and in severe cases, malaria can cause organ failure, seizures, and coma.

To prevent malaria, take steps to avoid mosquito bites, such as using insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, and staying indoors during peak mosquito hours.

If you are traveling to an area with a high risk of malaria, take anti-malaria medication before, during, and after your trip.

The state of Florida has issued a mosquito-borne illness alert and recommends draining standing pools of water, using insecticides that contain DEET, and repairing window screens.

Texas has advised clinicians to obtain a travel history to determine if a patient with symptoms of malaria has been bitten by mosquitoes in an area with malaria activity.

Early treatment is crucial, and anyone with symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.

If you travelled to Texas or Florida recently, please do stay considerate.

Stay safe and informed by taking the necessary precautions and seeking medical attention if you experience symptoms of malaria.

"Stay informed and protected from the recent malaria outbreak by taking preventive measures and seeking medical attention if experiencing symptoms. Stay safe!"