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NEWS ALERT: Exclusive Luxury Townhouses are soon to be built with the most stunning ocean views in Sao Vicente. Spacious 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms with 2 En-suite and infinity pool. Be sure to complete the Property Form for more details and read more on Sao Vicente. These Townhouses are believed to double in value by 2011 when the International Airport will be open. Alternatively, you can request a property pack by calling our UK Office on 0208 517 8856.

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Cape Verde Health and Vaccinations

Vaccinations & Health Precautions in Cape verde are a necessity so don't suffer from the many tropical diseases that afflict mainland Africa. However, Santiago island is troubled with malaria only between the months of September and December around Praia.

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required for entry to Cape Verde, however the following precautions are desirable or helpful to prevent contagious diseases.

TETANUS - DIPHTHERIA Revaccination recommended every 10 years.
POLIO Revaccination recommended every 10 years.  
HEPATITIS A Recommended. One dose gives protection for up to one year, a booster dose given six months after the first dose give protection for up to twenty years.
HEPATITIS B For travelers who may have intimate contact with local residents, for anyone working within medical setting or children. Recommended for stays longer than four/six weeks. 
TYPHOID Recommended. It needs boosting every three years.
RABIES Recommended for anyone working with animals and may not have access to medical care.
YELLOW FEVER Recommended. A certificate of vaccination is required for travellers arriving from a country that has reported yellow fever infections over the last six years.

All travellers should visit either their family doctor or a travel health clinic four to six weeks before departure to receive the above-mentioned inoculations. Travel clinics can be faster than GP's, who although cheaper, do not always offer these services.

Health Precauautions

The following precautionary measures may reduce the risk to incur in any health problems while visiting Cape Verde:
Do not drink tap water unless it has been boiled, filtered, or chemically disinfected.
Do not drink unbottled beverages or drinks with ice.
Eat only well-cooked meat or fish. Barracuda and reef fish should not be eaten.
Eat only fruits and vegetables that have been peeled or cooked.
Milk is unpasteurised and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and is advised.
Don’t eat dairy products unless you know they have been pasteurized.
Avoid food purchased from street vendors.
Be aware of monkeys, dogs, and cats. Rabies can be transmitted through a bite or a lick of an open wound. If you are bitten, scrub the wound with large amounts of soap and bottled/boiled water, then pour on a strong iodine or alcohol solution and seek medical help immediately.
Use condoms to reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Pharmacies are common but, we would like to recommend to pack a personal medical kit containing: plasters, antiseptic, soluble aspirin, an antibiotic, an anti-diarrhea drug, such as ciprofloxacin, sachets of oral rehydration salt such as Dioralyte or Rehidrat and insect repellent. Some travellers also take a blood transfusion kit which contains sterile equipment.

Medical Facilities

Visitors receive free hospital treatment in general hospitals on presenting their passports, but health insurance that covers repatriation when going to the Cape Verde islands is strongly advised. Private physicians will expect payment in cash regardless of whether you have insurance or not.

Medical facilities are limited in Cape Verde. There are hospitals in Praia and Mindelo as well as clinics on some of the other islands but any serious medical problem would require air evacuation to a country with better equipped medical facilities. It is worth checking out our holiday safety advice before you go. Even if there is a hospital in Espargos, a new hospital and new private health clinics are being built in Sal.

The islands of Brava and Santo Antao no longer have functioning airports, so air evacuation from these islands is practically impossible.

Remember: These air evacuation is not free to visitors so we strongly recommend you to take out health insurance with coverage for emergency repatriation.

Please check the National Travel Health Network and Centre for the latest information