Health officials in the Dominican Republic are reporting an increase in malaria cases in 2018. According to a Diario Salud report (computer translated), 438 cases have been reported year to date compared to just 360 during the same period in 2017.

Dominican Republic/CIA
Dominican Republic/CIA

Ninety-two percent of the malaria cases were due to Plasmodium falciparum and the remainder were P. vivax or mixed infections.

One death has been reported.

In the last month, 31 cases of malaria have been reported, of these, 27 are indigenous and four are imported, three from Venezuela and one from Guyana.