Malaria alert issued in South Africa
The South African government has issued a warning stipulating that a high number of malaria cases are being reported in areas of Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
In a statement, government singled out the malaria transmission areas of the Vhembe and Mopani districts in Limpopo, as well as on farms along the Lephalale River in the Waterberg region, and in Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga. It also noted a modest increase in cases in the Kruger National Park and private reserves.
The department urged travellers from – or residents of – malaria transmission areas in Limpopo and Mpumalanga, and the far northern KwaZulu-Natal and neighbouring countries such as Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia who present with fever and “flu-like” illness to have an urgent blood test and if diagnosed with malaria to treat this as a medical emergency.
The department urged all travellers to malaria risk areas to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites and said medication to prevent malaria is highly advised.