Stomach troubles are the most common health concerns for
travellers in Senegal. Visitors should watch what they eat and
drink: do not drink untreated tap water. Protection against
mosquito bites is essential as malaria, dengue fever and
chikungunya fever occur; malaria is prevalent throughout the
country and prophylaxis is recommended for all travellers. A yellow
fever vaccination is a requirement for entry to Senegal if coming
from an infected area, but all travellers should be vaccinated
against yellow fever as a precaution; other recommended
vaccinations include Hepatitis A, polio, tetanus and typhoid.
Outbreaks of meningococcal infections occur and vaccination is
recommended for travel during the dry season (November to May).
Outbreaks of cholera also occur. There is a risk of bilharzia, and
visitors should avoid contact with stagnant, fresh water. Medical
facilities are good in Dakar, but are limited in the rest of the
country, and travellers should ensure they have comprehensive