NASSAU, BAHAMAS- The Ministry of Health has reported one case of Malaria involving a 26-year-old Bahamian man.
In a statement released today, the MOH advised that a man went to the hospital with symptoms of fever, headache, vomiting and diarrhea, but no evidence of bleeding on October 20.
“The patient was immediately isolated due to his history of recent travel through Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean,” the statement read.
“Blood samples were obtained to investigate the cause of the illness which were positive for Malaria.
“The patient then commenced treatment and continues to be monitored closely.”
The ministry noted that as a precautionary measure, the patient remains isolated until his clinical status significantly improves.
The statement further advised travelers going to areas where Malaria is known to occur, to speak to a healthcare professional prior in order 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 added.
Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease.