Malaria

The risk for malaria increases from September and September to May is considered the malaria season. Overall control initiatives have been very successful in the malaria transmission areas. Mostly falciparum malaria is seen. The risk remains low in KwaZulu-Natal and is confined to the very far northern KZN.

There is no malaria in the Drakensberg, Hhluhlwe and Umfolozi Game Parks and St Lucia areas. The risk of malaria in the Kruger National Park will increase and malaria chemoprophylaxis needs to be considered.

Mozambique has year round malaria and the risks in southern Zambia, Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls) will likewise increase.

Measures to reduce mosquito bites (the malaria mosquitoes are most active from sunset to sunrise) are essential and include application of DEET containing insect repellents to exposed areas, wearing of long pants and socks and sleeping under a mosquito net.

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Malaria Alert 10 December 2020

Malaria Alert 10 December 2020

Communicated by: National Institute for Communicable Diseases

Malaria and COVID-19 - NICD - November 2020

As the malaria season begins in southern Africa, COVID-19 complicates the picture

Communicated by: National Institute for Communicable Diseases

November 2020

South Africa Malaria Advisory - 05 October 2020

South Africa - Malaria Advisory

Updated 05 October 2020

South African Guidelines for the prevention of malaria

The Guidelines for the Prevention of Malaria in South Africa were developed by the national Department of Health in close collaboration with several stakeholders and malaria experts.

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