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If you get malaria infected blood on your wounded finger can you become infected?
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Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Travel Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Extremely unlikely
Malaria has a complex life cycle: the parasite goes through one evolution in the mosquito which then injects the next form into you while biting.
This form is quickly taken up by the liver for another evolution to turn into the form which infects your red blood cells. Another form becomes ready for the next mosquito. It is almost impossible to be directly infected by a small blood exposure.

In brief: Extremely unlikely
Malaria has a complex life cycle: the parasite goes through one evolution in the mosquito which then injects the next form into you while biting.
This form is quickly taken up by the liver for another evolution to turn into the form which infects your red blood cells. Another form becomes ready for the next mosquito. It is almost impossible to be directly infected by a small blood exposure.
Dr. Eric L. Weiss
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Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Weiss is correct in that it would be exceptionally unusual to acquire malaria in the manner you asked about, but it can happen. Malaria is easily transmitted by blood transfusion.
Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
2 doctors agree
In brief: Possibly
This is not likely, but certainly conceivable.
The plasmodium is present in red blood cells and some forms free in the blood. Transmission through blood transfusion is well documented, and therefore blood into open wounds may due the same, but significantly less likely.

In brief: Possibly
This is not likely, but certainly conceivable.
The plasmodium is present in red blood cells and some forms free in the blood. Transmission through blood transfusion is well documented, and therefore blood into open wounds may due the same, but significantly less likely.
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