Malaria cases in Florida and Texas: Here’s what you need to know

The five cases of malaria diagnosed in Florida and Texas in recent weeks — the first cases of local transmission in the United States in 20 years — have worried some residents and led state and federal officials to issue public alerts about the cluster of infections.

But scientists and public health officials, while advising people in the affected areas to take precautions, say there is little cause for alarm, for several reasons: The number of cases is very low; there are easy, low-tech steps people can take to protect themselves; and the chances of any one mosquito transmitting malaria are infinitesimal.

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