Malaria case in Bahamas

Health officials yesterday reported a case of malaria in The Bahamas.

The Ministry of Health said that on October 20, a 26-year-old male resident of The Bahamas presented himself at a local hospital with symptoms of fever, headache, vomiting and diarrhea, but no evidence of bleeding.

The patient was immediately isolated due to his history of recent travel through Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean, the statement said.

Blood samples were obtained to investigate the cause of the illness which were positive for malaria, it said.

“The patient then commenced treatment and continues to be monitored closely,” the ministry added.

“As a precautionary measure, the patient remains isolated until his clinical status significantly improves.”

The Ministry of Health encouraged travelers to areas where malaria is known to occur to see their primary care physician or a public sector clinic to have their risks identified.

Travelers may need to receive medication to take before, during and after their trip to prevent becoming sick with malaria, the ministry said.

If there are any questions, those needing answers are asked to call the Communicable Disease Surveillance Unit at (242) 502-4790 or (242) 502-4776.

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