Malaria, dengue and cholera -- all are a risk in the Dominican Republic

Malaria (275 casos this year), dengue fever (687 cases, 26 deaths in María Trinidad Sánchez and Santiago) and cholera (10 deaths in Santiago, Distrito Nacional, and Santo Domingo) are all health risks in the Dominican Republic.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Cholera, Dengue Fever, and Malaria.

Advice For Travellers

For dengue fever: Travellers to areas where the dengue fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with dengue fever do not seek medical care and are not reported to health authorities. There may be many more cases in the community than the reports indicate.

For cholera: All travellers to any area where cholera has been reported can reduce the risk of exposure to this infection by strictly observing all food and water precautions. If gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g., vomiting and profuse watery diarrhoea) develop while visiting the affected area, travellers should seek medical care at once.

For malaria: Any traveller 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.