Travel Advisory Issued After Two Imported Reports of Malaria

by January 9th, 2017

The Ministry of Health is advising Jamaicans to exercise caution when traveling to countries affected by malaria as there have been two imported cases reported in Jamaica.

In a release, the ministry stated that the infection was found in a Jamaican who was living in Ghana and returned to the island in November 2016, while the second person is an Indian who entered the island in March 2016.

Last year, there were three imported cases of malaria infection.

The symptoms of malaria include fever, chills, headache, sweats, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting.

The malaria parasite is transmitted to humans by the infected bite of the female anopheles mosquitoes called malaria vectors.

The ministry says malaria prevention medications are available in Jamaica and persons should start taking anti-malarial drugs before traveling, during travel and continue to take them for up to one month after returning to the country.