Mobile County teen being treated for malaria

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Mobile County health officials say a teenage girl who recently returned from Africa is being treated for malaria.

Mobile County Health Officer Dr. Bernard Eichold says the teen was in Uganda when she contracted the mosquito-borne illness and has been hospitalized since Monday.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, malaria can cause flu-like symptoms that can be fatal if left untreated. Malaria is not a contagious disease.

According to the CDC's website, about 1,500 cases of malaria are diagnosed in the United States annually and those who have been infected have usually traveled from sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia.

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