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Malaria Wiped Out In U.S. But Still Plagues U.S. Hospitals

Transmission was eliminated in the United States in the early 1950s. But a new report sees a surprising trend.
Posters from the U.S. Public Health Service issued in 1920. Source: Library of Congress

Malaria transmission in the United States was eliminated in the early 1950s through the use of insecticides, drainage ditches and the incredible power of window screens.

But the mosquito-borne disease has staged a comeback in American hospitals as travelers return from parts of the world where malaria runs rampant. In the early 1970s there only a couple hundred malaria cases reported in the entire U.S. but that number has steadily increased in recent

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