Malaria is a concern in Venezuela

Nationwide, there have been 31,700 malaria cases reported. In the first week of April, there were more than 1,600 new cases. The most affected states include Falcón, Apure, Amazonas and Bolivar, where about 80 percent of all cases are reported. About a quarter of all the infections are due to the most serious strain of malaria called falciparum.

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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