December 15, 2006
Malaria warning for Jamaica bound travellers

The Ministry of Health is warning Vincentians traveling to Jamaica to take precautions in order not to contract malaria.

Such measures include avoiding mosquito bites by using insect repellents, minimise skin exposure and take chloroquine which is available locally.

The ministry said that surveillance is being implemented for the anopheles mosquito, which spread the disease, as well as for travelers from Jamaica.{{more}}

Arriving passengers will be provided with information about the symptoms and directions on what action to take if they become ill.

The ministry said that the anopheles mosquito is located in a few areas in St Vincent and the Grenadines: Spring, Yambou, and Glen.