Malaria continues to be a serious public health threat in Venezuela

Sitata has been monitoring the worsening malaria situation in Venezuela where authorities now predict there will be at least 350,000 reported malaria cases by the end of this year. The availability of anti-malaria medication and mosquito control measures has not improved. Approximately 3,000 to 5,000 infected people are diagnosed weekly in 14 of the country's 24 states. The state of Bolivar continues to register about 80 percent of the cases, but the states of Amazonas, Sucre, Delta Amacuro and Monagas are also reporting high numbers of cases.

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Advice For Travellers

Due to the continued economic struggles in this country, resources to fight malaria have been severely curtailed. The risk of exposure for travellers has increased, especially in the most affected states. All 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.

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