Malaria increases in Nicaragua
Last week, the number of reported cases of malaria increased by 35% compared to the previous week to a total of 135 infected people. The affected areas are not identified in the report, nor the type of malaria.
The risk for the general traveller is probably low. In general most of the malaria in Nicaragua is due to the less dangerous strain called P. vivax. Risk areas include mainly in the Región Autónoma del Atlántico Norte, with sporadic transmission also reported in Boaca, Chinandega, Jinoteca, Léon and Matagalpa. Cases are reported from other municipalities in the central and western departments but the risk is very low.
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.