Malaria epidemic in Venezuela continues to increase

So far this year, reported cases of malaria have surpassed 125,000 infected people. This is a 75 percent increase over the number reported last year during the same time period. Most of the cases occurred in the state of Bolívar, followed by Amazonas, Sucre, Delta Amacuro, and Vargas. Sporadic cases occurred in Aragua and the Capital District.

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Advice For Travellers

The economic collapse in Venezuela is affecting health care where major shortages of drugs and supplies have been reported. The increase in malaria cases may be a reflection of financial difficulties in the national malaria control program.

The risk of exposure in the affected areas may be high in some localities. 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.