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Outbreak of Malaria in Cape Verde

09 Aug 2017

There is an outbreak of malaria in Cape Verde, 46 cases have been reported during July 2017, of these 45 cases were in the capital city of Praia. Cape Verde usually has extremely low malaria transmission, with approximately one locally acquired case per year in the rainy season. 

Advice for travellers

Cape Verde is usually a low risk country for malaria. While this remains true, the level of risk is slightly increased by the current outbreak.

All travellers to Cape Verde should avoid mosquito bites. Malaria can be particularly dangerous in young children, the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions. These groups should seek medical advice before travel.

In all cases, visitors to malarious areas should seek prompt medical advice if they develop fever during travel or on their return.

For further information see Malaria.