Malaria in Jamaica

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There is a very low risk of malaria in Jamaica and malaria tablets are not used in the area. Previously, there was a risk of malaria in the country and travellers were advised to use Chloroquine in order to protect themselves but due to government plans, the risk of malaria has reduced so much so that prophylaxis is no longer needed but insect prevention measures should still be used.

In 2006 and 2007, there were a few rare cases of malaria in Kingston. There were around 280 cases of malaria during this period but there were no deaths and since this time, Jamaica has been declared a non-endemic country. The risk of getting malaria is so low in the country that you will not need to take malaria tablets during your visit.

However, the country is not malaria free as such so although there is a very slim chance of you getting the disease, you will still need to use insect protection measures. Mosquitoes are most active from dusk until dawn so stay indoors during this time and keep all doors and windows shut. Cover up your skin with long sleeves so that there is less surface area for the mosquitoes to find and apply insect repellent where necessary. It is best if you can sleep in an air-conditioned room but if this is not possible, you will need to sleep in a mosquito net so that there is a physical barrier between you and the mosquitoes. The nets have also been sprayed with insecticide so that you will be protected. These measures are important and although there is a very low risk of malaria in Jamaica, it is advised that you still try to avoid being bitten for your own safety. 

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