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Is malaria contagious?

Page last updated 15 December 2021

No. Malaria cannot be spread casually from person to person. Malaria can only be transferred by the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito.

However, because malaria lives in the red blood cells, it can be spread via blood transfusion, organ transplantation, or from a mother to baby.

Sources & Citations

  1. NSW Government, Department of Health, Malaria fact sheet. Available at: (accessed 10 November 2021). 

MAT-AU-2102441  Date of preparation  December 2021