Puerto Rican travellers get malaria in Dominican Republic

Five travellers who vacationed at a resort in Punta Cana returned to Puerto Rico where they developed symptoms of malaria. Three of the cases had positive laboratory confirmation. All were treated successfully.

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Advice For Travellers

Although all of the malaria in the Dominican Republic is caused by the more severe strain called falciparum, this strain is still sensitive to common anti-malaria medications. Although the risk of acquiring malaria is generally low, the entire country including tourist zones, is considered to be a malaria risk, with the exception of the urban areas of Santo Domingo and Santiago. Travellers should follow precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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