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Malaria in Burundi

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

What is the current situation?

A malaria epidemic has been declared by the Burundi Ministry of Health. All of the country’s 18 provinces are reporting higher numbers of malaria cases than expected and nine provinces—Gitega, Kirundo, Muyinga, Karusi, Kayanza, Ngosi, Ruyigi, Cankuzo and Cibitoko—have been especially hard-hit.

Health officials in Burundi, aided by international health and relief agencies, have received supplies of diagnostic test kits and medicine to treat malaria and are preparing for a nationwide distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets in the coming months.

CDC continues to recommend that travelers to Burundi take prescription medicine to prevent malaria.

What can travelers do to prevent malaria?

  • Take prescription medicine to prevent malaria, if recommended by your health care provider
  • Prevent mosquito bites

Learn more about malaria, how to prevent it, and what to do if you think you are infected at CDC’s malaria page for travelers.

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