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Malaria in Egypt

Warning - Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel
Alert - Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions
Watch - Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions

Released: June 26, 2014

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) received information that 19 locally transmitted1 malaria cases have been reported in one village in Aswan Governorate in Egypt. The Aswan governorate is along the southern part of the Nile River (see map). These are the first malaria cases seen in Egypt since 1998. For more information see the Malaria Outbreak in Egypt article on the CDC Malaria website.

CDC recommends that travelers to Aswan Governorate in Egypt protect themselves from mosquito bites. Prescription medicine to prevent malaria is not recommended for travelers to Aswan Governate in Egypt at this time.

What can travelers do to prevent malaria?

Travelers can protect themselves from malaria by preventing mosquito bites.

Prevent mosquito bites:

  • Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
  • Use an appropriate insect repellent as directed.
  • Higher percentages of active ingredient provide longer protection. Use products with the following active ingredients:
    • DEET (Products containing DEET include Off!, Cutter, Sawyer, and Ultrathon)
    • Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin products containing picaridin include Cutter Advanced, Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus, and Autan [outside the US])
    • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or PMD (Products containing OLE include Repel and Off! Botanicals)
    • IR3535 (Products containing IR3535 include Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition and SkinSmart)
  • Always follow product directions and reapply as directed:
  • If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second.
  • Follow package directions when applying repellent on children. Avoid applying repellent to their hands, eyes, and mouth.
  • Treated clothing remains protective after multiple washings. See the product information to find out how long the protection will last.
  • If treating items yourself, follow the product instructions carefully.
  • Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
  • Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). You can buy pre-treated clothing and gear or treat them yourself:
  • Stay and sleep in screened or air conditioned rooms.
  • Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.

If you feel sick and think you may have malaria:

Traveler Information

Clinician Information

 

1 Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with malaria and are spreading it to people.

 

 
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