I have a domestic employee that has malaria. I also have a 1 year old baby at home. Is it safe to keep her in employ or should I grant her leave until she is fully recovered?
Malaria cannot be transmitted between people directly. It is transmitted via the bite of an infected mosquito. As such, the only way your baby could get malaria from your employee is if a mosquito bit the employee, then directly bit your infant. Therefore, the best way to prevent transmission of malaria in this case is to make sure both your employee and your child sleep under long-lasting insecticide treated bednets.
You should also make sure your windows and doors are screened, to prevent the entry of mosquitoes that could carry malaria. These mosquitoes feed mainly at night and in the evenings and early mornings, so during these times, you should take extra precautions against getting bitten, such as wearing long sleeved clothing and covering exposed skin in insect repellent. If you have air conditioning, having this on at night can also prevent mosquitoes from entering rooms. You should also make sure your employee gets appropriate treatment for malaria and takes the full course of medication.