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Importance of Community Awareness in Preventing Malalria

Dr. Adelfa Serrano, Professor of Parasitology and Director of the RCMI Infectious and Global Diseases Laboratory at the UPR Medical Sciences Campus, has been alerting the Puerto Rican community of the importance of preventing malaria when traveling to sites where the disease is endemic.


The message responds to 15 recent cases of malaria reported in Puerto Rican travelers returning from Dominican Republic.

Malaria is a serious infection caused by Plasmodium parasites. The risk of getting malaria is greater if anti-malarial medication is not taken or not taken properly. According to Dr. Serrano, community participation and health strategies promoting awareness of malaria and the importance of control measures are necessary to reduce the incidence of malaria and protect vulnerable subjects such as pregnant women and children. Travelers from Dominican Republic are encourage to visit their doctors if they experience any of the symptoms associated with malaria (fever, chills, headaches, sweats, fatigue, nausea and vomiting). Dr. Serrano's message (in Spanish) is available at:

Acknowledgement of Funding

This program is funded by RCMI grant G12 MD007600 (National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities) from the National Institutes of Health.  Please use this number to acknowledge support.

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