Haiti North America And Caribbean

Malaria Risk & Vaccination Information

There is a risk of malaria throughout Haiti and you will need to take malaria tablets if you stay in the county overnight.

On a cruise that just stops there during the day? Don't worry.  Malaria is a disease of the evening and night, but it doesn't mean you are not at risk of other diseases spread by mosquitos.  Read on for more information .....

What malaria tablets should I take for my trip to Haiti?

If you are planning a trip to Haiti then the recommended malaria tablets are:

Atovaquone and Proguanil 250mg/100mg- Generic Alternative to Malarone

Malarone Tablets

Malarone Children's Tablets (for Children under 40kg weight)

Doxycycline Capsules

Lariam Tablets (Mefloquine 250mg)

 

What else can I do to prevent malaria?

For more information and advice on how to prevent malaria, see our How To Avoid Insect & Mosquito Bites article and take a look at Travel Health Pro, an NHS resource for travellers.

 

Chikungunya virus infection in Caribbean islands and the Americas

This is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.

The incubation period is typically 3–7 days and symptoms include acute onset of fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, conjunctivitis, nausea/vomiting, or rash. The symptoms usually settle within 10 days but some patients may have symptoms that last months especially the elderly and people with underlying health issues such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

As this is a virus, there is no medication to prevent or treat the disease and anti-malarial tablets such as Chloroquine are not effective either.

Bite avoidance measures should be taken and followed firmly to reduce the likelihood of being bitten.

Chikungunya, like Dengue fever, tends to be acquired during the day so wear long-sleeved clothing and trousers wherever possible and ensure that a strong insect repellent is used and reapplied regularly, especially after swimming.

You should also sleep under a mosquito net and if staying for an extended period, it would be advisable to take a battery-operated or plug-in mosquito killer for your room to kill any lingering mosquitos.

 

 

 

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