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Malaria Risk zones

Depending on the length of your stay in a malaria-risk zone, you may be temporarily ineligible to donate for a period of one to three years.

Give before you go!
Don’t let your travel plans sideline you from saving lives! If you’re planning to visit a region affected by malaria, consider donating blood before you travel. Call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) to book your appointment.

There are over 100 countries worldwide which may put donors at risk of contracting malaria. If you have spent time in any of the areas listed below*, your eligibility to donate blood may be affected.

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Countries with a risk of malaria (2014) PDF

Arrow  You should use this list as a reference guide ONLY!.

Arrow  The information provided here is subject to change.

Arrow  Final eligibility determination rests with the screening nurse at the clinic where you donate blood.

Final eligibility determination rests with the screening nurse at the clinic where you donate blood.

Still not sure if you’re eligible to donate blood?
Call us at 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236 6283) and select option 4 for Nursing. We have nurses available to answer your medical/eligibility questions.

* Canadian Blood Services uses a list from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States, as the basis for our list of malaria endemic areas. However, we do edit the list for clarity. For example, a malaria risk area may be described by the CDC as being "in northern areas only". This description is too vague for consistent decision-making. For this reason, where the CDC is not precise, we expand our criteria to include the whole state, province or, in some cases, the country.

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