Alert – Malaria in Cyprus

Warning – Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel

Alert – Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions

Watch – Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions

What is the current situation?

The United Kingdom has reported three cases of Plasmodium vivax malaria in UK residents who traveled to Esentepe (also known as Agios Amvrosios) in the Kyrenia District in northern Cyprus. Cyprus was certified as malaria-free in 1967, and since then, there have been no reports of malaria in Cyprus until now. However, the mosquitoes that spread malaria are found in the area.

What can travelers do to prevent malaria?

At this time, CDC recommends that travelers to Esentepe (Agios Amvrosios) take medicine to prevent malaria. Effective options include atovaquone-proguanil, chloroquine, doxycycline, mefloquine, and primaquine.

Because malaria is spread by mosquito bites, all travelers to Cyprus should also prevent mosquito bites by using insect repellent when outdoors, wearing protective clothing, and sleeping in an air-conditioned or well-screened room or under an insecticide-treated bed net. 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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