Understanding your personal Malaria Risk:
In 2016 there were approximately 216 million cases of malaria.
80% of the global malaria burden is endured by just 15 of the 91 countries which are classified as at-risk of indigenous malaria transmission – 14 of them in sub-Saharan Africa plus India. But that still leaves plenty of risk for the unwary traveller in South East Asia, South America and Africa. One bite from an infected anopheles mosquito is all it takes to catch malaria.
The map above highlights all countries in which there was at least 1 case of indigenously transmitted malaria in 2016.
(All data above is published by the World Health Organisation)
But this map can be slightly misleading for travel planning purposes because most malaria-risk countries have areas of high risk, low risk and negligible risk. There are also some seasonality aspects of malaria risk in many countries.
For example in many countries major cities often present a lower risk. In other countries the malaria risk is limited to small specific regions or just to the wet season. Knowing the exact malaria risk situation for the countries you are visiting can save you a lot of time, effort and expense if you are going to a negligible risk region of a malaria affected country.
Travellers therefore need to research deeper than just a world map in order to understand their own personal malaria risk for any upcoming travel.
Fortunately this information is very easy to research on the internet with just a few minutes of effort.
Here are some links that you may find useful: