Paraguay Travel Health Advice
Paraguay has several health risks for visitors, especially those
who intend touring the countryside and having contact with the
local population. Typhoid vaccination is recommended for all except
those who do not plan to eat outside of major restaurants and
hotels, or cruise passengers, as diseases from food and water are
the leading cause of illness in travellers, and the most common
cause of 'traveller's diarrhoea'. Visitors should not drink water
unless it has been purified, and avoid any food that is not freshly
prepared and well cooked. Be cautious of food and beverages from
street vendors. A Yellow fever vaccination is compulsory for anyone
arriving from an infected country, and recommended for all
Malaria is endemic to certain regions of Paraguay, namely the departments of Alto Paraná, Caaguazú, and Canendiyú. Dengue fever is always a concern with thousands of cases each year, especially in areas bordering Brazil. Insect protection measures are essential, and malaria prevention tablets recommended. Hospitals, pharmacies and medical facilities in Asuncion are adequate, but elsewhere in the country are unsanitary and under-equipped. In the event of serious illness, evacuation to a country with better facilities will be necessary, therefore travel health insurance is highly recommended. Doctors and hospitals usually expect payment in cash.
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