Malaria in Mexico (Oaxaca)
05 Jan 2023
Health authorities in Mexico report a small outbreak of malaria in the state of Oaxaca, beginning in December 2022. Twenty-eight cases of malaria have been reported in the town of San Pedro Tapanatepec. This is the first outbreak of malaria in Oaxaca in the past ten years and is considered to be under control at this time.
Advice for Travellers
Malaria is a potentially serious infection that is transmitted to humans by mosquito bites. Malaria is currently rare in Mexico and the risk is generally very low.
If you are travelling to Mexico, you should:
- understand your risk of malaria
- know how to protect yourself against mosquito bites during your trip, to help prevent malaria and other mosquito-borne infections
If you develop a high temperature (fever) during your trip, or after you are home if you have recently returned from a country where malaria is a risk, you should always seek medical advice as soon as possible and tell the doctor about your recent travel history.