Malaria | Causes & Risk Factors


Where is malaria most common?

Malaria is a health problem in many tropical and subtropical countries, including portions of Central and South America, Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), Africa, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. It can also be a problem for people visiting these countries. If you are traveling to a tropical area or to a country where malaria is common, you should be aware of the risk and take some precautions. Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site for information about travel health concerns for international locations before you go.


Malaria Prevention in Travelers by G Juckett, MD (American Family Physician May 01, 1999,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 09/00