Malaria situation in Venezuela worsens

A shortage of drugs to treat the most severe form of malaria (falciparum) adds to the difficulties for controlling the increasing epidemic of this infection. There have been almost 145,000 reported cases, representing an increase of 72.2 percent compared to the same period in 2015 when there were the most cases in Venezuela's history. More than 3,600 cases were registered in 1 week. Eight out of 10 infected people are still registered in the state of Bolivar.

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Advice For Travellers

Experts describe the situation in Venezuela as “out of control.” 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, especially in the states of Amazonas, Apure, Bolivar, Delta Amacuro, Guarico, Monagas, Sucre, and Zulia.