What is Malaria?

Do you want to know about malaria? Read below!

What is malaria?

Malaria is a sickness in your blood caused by the bite of a mosquito. You develop a disease called Plasmodium. Malaria is not contagious, but makes you very weak. You get malaria from the bite of a female mosquito.

How did malaria affect the Ingalls family in Little House on the Prairie?

Malaria effected the Ingalls family in Little House on the Prairie because they were so weak and they could not get their work done. They were having hallucinations and had to have their neighbors take care of them. Ma thought that the watermelons that were growing in the creek bottoms caused the malaria, but it was actually the mosquitoes that were sucking the watermelon juice.