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Malaria in India (Goa)

24 Jun 2015

The media has reported on Malaria in Goa in the south-west of India. The incidence of malaria in Mapusu is increasing in 2015, compared with 2014. Between January and April 2015, around 650 malaria cases were reported; in 2014, around 600 cases were recorded for the entire year.

The worst affected areas of Mapusu include: Cunchelim, Karaswada, Acoi, Duler, Ansabhat and Khorlim.

The authorities are conducting awareness campaigns and recommending measures to reduce mosquito breeding sites prior to the onset of monsoon.

Advice for Travellers

There is generally a low risk of malaria in Goa, bite avoidance is the mainstay of prevention. Antimalarial chemoprophylaxis may be considered for certain higher risk groups of traveller, see India country record for further information.