Malaria cases in Texas are first in US outbreak in 20 years

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This is the first incident of locally transmitted malaria in the US in 20 years.

  Historically, Americans who contracted malaria did so while traveling to areas where the disease was more prevalent.

  About 2,000 cases of malaria were reported in the US each year, most of which were travelers.

  In this recent outbreak, four cases have been identified in Florida, while one case has been reported in Texas.

  Health officials are actively monitoring the affected areas and implementing measures to control local mosquito populations.

  However, with the summer travel season underway, more cases are expected to arrive in the country.

  The CDC advises individuals to use bug spray to avoid mosqui

to bites, especially during travel and in warmer months.

  Symptoms of malaria include fever, chills, headache, fatigue and gastrointestinal problems.