Malaria is caused by a parasite called a Plasmodium. The Anopheles mosquito picks up the parasite from persons who become infected to reap the blood needed to lay their eggs.
Malaria is not contagious. It cannot be transmitted through physical contact between humans.
A normal malaria attack goes through three stages; the cold stage, the hot stage and the sweating stage. Symptoms include headaches, vomiting and nausea, chills, sweats and body aches.
Malaria can be cured using prescription drugs. Treatment for the disease depends on the severity of the disease, the age of the infected persons, where these persons were infected and the species of parasite.
Children who are under the age offive are more susceptible to death from the virus.