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Outbreak of Malaria in Cape Verde (Update 2)

15 Nov 2017

The outbreak of malaria in Cape Verde continues, according to the country's Ministry of Health on 12 November 2017Link The number of cases from 1 January to 12 November 2017 has reached 430. All of these cases were acquired in Cape Verde, with the exception of 18 imported cases.  

All locally acquired cases have been reported in the capital city, Praia. 

Updated Advice for Travellers

All cases recorded in Cape Verde are the dangerous falciparum form of malaria. Ongoing incidence indicates antimalarial chemoprophylaxis for some travellers, updated prevention advice is given.

Low to no risk of P.falciparum in all parts of Cape Verde, except the capital city Praia (see additional advice below). Mosquito bite avoidance is sufficient. 

Low risk (with additional advice) in the capital city Praia. Mosquito bite avoidance remains the mainstay of prevention. However due to reporting of cases in Praia in 2017 antimalarial chemoprophylaxis may be considered for certain higher risk groups of traveller, including:

  • young children
  • elderly people
  • those without a spleen
  • those who are immunosuppressed or immunocompromised
  • travellers with significant co-morbidity
  • those with extended travel into rural areas
  • those visiting friends and relatives.

In all cases, visitors to malarious countries should seek prompt medical advice if they develop fever during travel or on their return.

For further information see Malaria.