The Caribbean

Food and water

The likelihood of running up a food poisoning infection depends to a very large extent on the island itself and the local circumstances. The same is true for hepatitis A. For longer stays on some islands there is also a real risk of contracting typhoid fever.

Insect-borne diseases

The risk of malaria is present on a number of Caribbean islands but it varies strongly. On many islands dengue occasionally causes large-scale epidemics.

Direct contact

On a number of islands, particularly Haiti, there is a risk of tuberculosis.

Blood and sexual contact

You can contract sexually transmitted diseases here, including hepatitis B and HIV infections. Hepatitis B and HIV infections are particularly commonplace on Haiti.

Animals

The risk of rabies varies strongly per island, from very small on the better-developed islands to substantial on Cuba and Haiti, for example.

Fresh surface water

There is a fluctuating risk of leptospirosis.

Prevention

If you’d prefer tailored advice make an appointment¬†at a Travel Clinic from KLM Health Services.