The Dominican Republic’s General Directorate of Epidemiology (DIGEPI) continues to report new cases of malaria nationwide, particularly in Santo Domingo Oeste. On Sunday, November 25, the DIGEPI confirmed 15 new cases during the previous week in the Santo Domingo neighborhoods of Hato Nuevo, La Ciénaga, Nigua, and La Guayiga. At least 438 cases of malaria have been confirmed in the country this year.
Symptoms of malaria include fever, chills, headache, nausea, and body aches; early symptoms usually appear between seven and 15 days after the contaminating mosquito bite. There is no vaccine but preventive medications are available.
Individuals in the Dominican Republic are advised to take measures to prevent mosquito bites and to seek medical attention if experiencing the above symptoms.
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