Critical Alert: Malaria Cases Detected in Sarasota County – Learn Symptoms, Transmission, and Life-Saving Measures Now!

Critical Alert: Malaria Cases Detected in Sarasota County – Learn Symptoms, Transmission, and Life-Saving Measures Now!

Is there Malaria in Florida?

Yes, cases of Malaria have been identified in Sarasota County. There were seven identified cases and all individuals have now recovered. All seven cases were isolated to Sarasota County. No additional cases have been identified at this time. No cases of malaria have been diagnosed in Lee or Collier County, however, taking appropriate precautions is still recommended.

How do I know if I have it?

In most cases, malaria develops 7-30 days after exposure. There is a malaria risk of up to one year after a mosquito bite. Most patients present with symptoms such as: 

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sweats
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Body aches
  • Malaise

If a person is experiencing symptoms and is in an area with Malaria, they should consult a doctor as soon as possible. If patients do not seek immediate treatment, severe illness or even death could be a complication.

Arm of girl is bitten by the mosquito and get bumps on her skin in the summer.

How is Malaria transmitted?

Malaria is transmitted through mosquito bites. These mosquitos must be infected with Malaria to transmit it. The Anopheles mosquito was found to transmit the seven cases in Sarasota County. Malaria is NOT transmitted through person-to-person contact.


Malaria can be prevented by preventing mosquito bites. Peak biting period is between dusk and dawn. If it is necessary to go outside, people should take appropriate precautions such as wearing long sleeve shirts and pants. Bug repellent should also be applied to prevent bites. Remaining indoors and/or in a screened air-conditioned area to prevent bites is also advised. It is also advised to drain any standing water, if possible, to prevent mosquitos from multiplying. Travelers visiting countries with a high Malaria risk should contact their health provider prior to travel for appropriate prophylaxis measures.


  • Malaria symptoms typically develop 7-30 days after exposure.
  • Common symptoms include fever, chills, headache, and body aches.
  • Immediate consultation with a doctor is crucial if symptoms are present to prevent severe illness or complications.
  • Prevention involves avoiding mosquito bites through measures like wearing protective clothing, using bug repellent, staying indoors during peak biting periods, and eliminating standing water.
  • Treatment depends on the mosquito species and illness severity.
  • Immediate medical attention is advised if malaria is suspected.

This article reviewed by Dr. Jim Liu, MD and Ms. Deb Dooley, APRN.

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