For diseases transmitted by insects, be aware that there are mosquitoes throughout the Caribbean archipelago. They carry dengue, malaria, chikungunya, Zika virus, etc. For this reason, always take the following precautions:
- Wear full-length clothing,
- Take mosquito repellents for your skin and clothing sprays suitable for tropical countries,
- Sleep under a mosquito net.
Antimalarial medication may also be prescribed. See your doctor.
Some infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and cholera (Greater Antilles) are still present. It is therefore necessary to check that your BCG vaccination is up to date.
AIDS is a great burden affecting the Greater and Lesser Antilles. Use protection!
Lastly, TD (traveller's diarrhoea) is a typical traveller complaint. To prevent digestive issues, make sure you take food hygiene precautions, especially during trips to the Greater Antilles. Make sure you:
- Drink water from sealed bottles,
- Do not consume ice,
- Opt for cooked, pasteurised dairy products,
- Eat peeled fruit and cooked vegetables,
- Eat meat and fish that have been well cooked.