Malaria

How to get it and prevent it

What is Malaria?

Malaria is a common infection in hot, tropical areas but can also occur (rarely) in temperature climates. It is caused by a parasite that is carried by mosquitoes.

Little House On The Prairie

How did malaria affect the Ingalls?

In Little House On The Prairie, the Ingalls family got malaria from picking berries at the creek bottoms. There were lots of mosquitoes down there. The Ingalls, and everyone else thought it was the watermelon! But it was the parasite that was on the watermelon carried by the mosquitoes. After thhat they got very very bad fevers, and also hallucinations. So....

DON'T GET MALARIA!