German travellers infected with malaria in Dominican Republic

Two German visitors returning from the Dominican Republic became infected with the severe strain of malaria called P. falciparum.

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Advice For Travellers

In general, the Dominican Republic is considered a low risk for malaria. However, malaria contracted in this country has been reported on and off over the past 17 years. The risk of exposure is highest in the Punta Cana and La Altagracia areas. Travellers to any region where malaria transmission is occurring can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Anti-malaria medication is recommended for travellers visiting the Dominican Republic, except for those who will stay within resorts and the cities of Santo Domingo and Santiago where the risk is very low. Recommended medication includes atovaquone-proguanil, chloroquine, and doxycycline.