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DR reports no new cases of Malaria

The Dominican Republic reports no new cases of malaria since December 5, 2004. Those preparing to travel to the Dominican Republic, one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the Caribbean, can be assured the risk of malaria is virtually non-existent, according to the island’s Department of Tourism.The Dominican Republic experienced an elevated risk of malaria from September through November, 2004, as a result of the flooding caused by hurricane Jeanne. During that time, 17 cases of malaria and no deaths were reported among residents and tourists of the Dominican Republic.

Malaria is transported by the bite of an infected mosquito and is found throughout the world, mostly in tropical and sub-tropical regions, with more than 300 million cases reported worldwide each year.

Immediately following hurricane Jeanne, The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), the Department of Tourism (SECTUR), the Department of Public Health (SESPAS) and the Association of Hotels and Restaurants implemented a special malaria control policy. These steps included preventative fumigations, the reinforcement of preventative health services and the assignment of permanent medical staff to all resorts.

The Dominican Republic government agencies and tourism partners along with the World Health Organization (WHO) continue to closely monitor the malaria situation in all areas of the country.