Alert – Malaria in Cape Verde

Warning – Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel

Alert – Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions

Watch – Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions

What is the current situation?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported a malaria outbreak in Cape Verde. Recently, there has been a substantial increase in malaria in the capital city of Praia on São Tiago Island (also known as Santiago Island).

Public health authorities in Cape Verde are working with WHO to investigate the outbreak and control the spread of the disease.

Because of the increase in malaria cases, CDC now recommends that travelers to the city of Praia on São Tiago Island take prescription medicine to prevent malaria before, during, and after their trip. CDC will continue to monitor the malaria situation in Cape Verde and will update these recommendations as needed.

What can travelers do to prevent malaria?

  • Take prescription medicine to prevent malaria, if recommended by your healthcare provider.
  • Prevent mosquito bites.

Learn more about malaria, how to prevent it, and what to do if you think you are infected at CDC’s malaria page for travelers.

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Source: Travel Health

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