Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: General Health Risks


Malaria is transmitted by the night-time - dusk to dawn - biting female Anopheles mosquito.

Risk is present in the western emirates of 'Asir, and Jizan bordering Yemen.

The cities of Jeddah, Medina, Mecca, Taif, and Riyadh are risk free.

Risk is absent in most of the country; risk exists only in specified areas:

High risk months for Malaria are: January to December

Incidence of Plasmodium falciparum Malaria: 97%

Areas with drug resistant Malaria: P. falciparum malaria is resistant to chloroquine. Resistance is present in all malarious areas of Saudi Arabia.

Suppressive medication is not recommended.

Travellers going to risk areas should follow meticulous anti-mosquito bite measures from dusk to dawn during the malaria season. Download IAMAT's whitepaper How to Protect Yourself Against Malaria for details.