Jamaica, North America And Caribbean

Malaria Risk & Vaccination Information

There is no risk of Malaria in Jamaica.  If cases of malaria are reported they are usually acquired abroad and not locally.

Phew, looks like you are safe from malaria.  Have you thought about other diseases spread by mosquitoes .......


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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