Health officials in the Bahamas have confirmed that there is no longer a threat of malaria to travelers visiting Great Exuma in the Out Islands, following an incubation period of 45 days with no new cases identified.

At this time, officials feel there is no longer a need for special precautions when visiting Great Exuma.

"We are confident that this minor outbreak has been halted and that malaria poses no further risk to residents or visitors," said Dr. Baldwin Carey of the Bahamas Ministry of Health.

The outbreak, first reported on June 6, was limited to a "very defined area of the capital of Georgetown, and the 19 cases were contacted in late May by a pool of people who come from areas where malaria is endemic," according to Carey.

The Ministry of Health, with assistance from the Pan American Health Organization, began an aggressive program on island to identify possible infections, treat where necessary and eradicate environmental sources of the disease.

Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not removed its advisory regarding preventive measures from its Web site, "the recommendations are temporary and we are confident that the CDC will withdraw this in the near future," Carey said.

To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].

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