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      Senegal

      Latest update: - Authors: Ula Maniewski, Mieke Croughs

      Outbreaks

      This page contains the main health risks for travellers and general recommendations. Travel conditions are different for everyone and each patient's health condition varies. Discuss your trip during a travel consultation with your doctor or in a travel clinic, preferably six to eight weeks before departure.

      Check the current security situation on the federal government website.

      Important health risks

      Malaria

      The malaria risk is:

      • high all year round in the southern two third of the country including province Diourbel, city Touba and the part of the country south of Gambia. And the region around city Sebicotane in the Dakar province. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning, in combination with the use of malaria tablets. 
      • seasonal in the northern third of the country and coastal region north of Gambia, including national park Delta du Saloum.
      • From January to May: the malaria risk is moderate. We recommend the use of of mosquito-repellent measures  from dusk till morning. For people with an increased risk, we sometimes recommend preventive malaria tablets, or taking an emergency treatment with you.

      In case of fever during or after your journey, get tested for malaria as soon as possible.

      Yellow fever

      There is a risk of yellow fever.

      Other insect-borne diseases

      Insects can transmit diseases such as dengue, chikungunyazika and leishmaniasis.

      Protect yourself against insects

      Tick-borne diseases

      Ticks can transmit diseases such as African tick bite fever.

      Rabies

      Dogs and other mammals can be infected with rabies.

      Schistosomiasis

      There is a risk of infection with schistosomiasis when swimming or bathing in lakes and rivers.

      Female circumcision

      Girls who visit their family in this country are sometimes circumcised.

      Other possible infections

      Other frequent health risks while travelling

      Read these tips before you leave.

      Vaccinations

      Yellow fever

      Recommended

      Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for all travellers. In addition, vaccination is compulsory if you have recently been in a country where yellow fever may be present. 
      This vaccination must be administered at least ten days prior to arrival by an official yellow fever vaccination centre.

      Hepatitis A

      Recommended

      Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

      Update of basic vaccinations

      Recommended

      Polio

      Recommended

      A single booster of polio vaccination is recommended for all travellers to Asia or Africa aged 16 years or older.

      Other vaccinations

      Recommended for some travellers

      Discuss with your doctor whether one of the following vaccinations is recommended for you:

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