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Malaria in Cape Verde

Updated August 18, 2017

What is the current situation?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported a malaria outbreak in Cape Verde. Recently, there has been a substantial increase in malaria in the capital city of Praia on São Tiago Island (also known as Santiago Island).

Public health authorities in Cape Verde are working with WHO to investigate the outbreak and control the spread of the disease.

Because of the increase in malaria cases, CDC now recommends that travelers to the city of Praia on São Tiago Island take prescription medicine to prevent malaria before, during, and after their trip. CDC will continue to monitor the malaria situation in Cape Verde and will update these recommendations as needed.

What can travelers do to prevent malaria?
•Take prescription medicine to prevent malaria, if recommended by your healthcare provider.
•Prevent mosquito bites.

Learn more about malaria, how to prevent it, and what to do if you think you are infected at CDC’s malaria page for travelers.

Traveler Information
•Malaria Traveler Brochure
•Avoid Bug Bites
•CDC Malaria Website

Clinician Information
•Malaria Diagnosis & Treatment in the United States
•Malaria in CDC Health Information for International Travel – “Yellow Book”
•Yellow Fever & Malaria Information, by Country (entry for Cape Verde)
•Malaria Risk Assessment for Travelers

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Page created: August 14, 2017
Page last updated: August 14, 2017
Page last reviewed: August 14, 2017
Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)
Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ)