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.
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.
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