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12 December 2018

Dominicain Republic: Malaria presence ?

The Dominican Republic is a popular destination for travelers. This destination is recognized as one of the first among Canadian and other travelers.

The country is widely known for its kindness people. Santo Domingo, Punta Cana, Samaná, Puerto Plata and La Romana are the cities that tourists prefer to visit.

You still have to exercise great caution according to Government of Canada because the crime rate is very high in this country.

A question often asked is:

Is there malaria in the Dominican Republic and should I take preventive medication?

We currently have confirmed malaria cases in the area of ​​Santo Domingo Oeste. (See new section on the homepage).

For the regions of the province of Altagracia (Punta Cana) and other seaside areas (Puerto Plata, Samana etc ..), it is not recommended to take preventive medication but to make sure to protect you against mosquitoes during day and evening.

Have a good repellent with yourself and use it properly.

In Canada Icaridin and DEET are the recommendations for these products.

Not only can there be infected mosquitoes that transmit malaria (occasionally) but especially during the day for mosquitoes that transmit Dengue and Zika.

Malaria presence in rural areas throughout the country.

Highest risk in border areas with Haiti: Dajabon, Elias Pina and San Juan.

It is however recommended in case of fever occurring during the stay or in the months which follow your return, it is advisable to consult a physician as soon as possible. Your pharmacist or nurse can refer you to a specialized center.