South Africa: Malaria Update
Malaria transmission in endemic areas in South Africa extended into late May and early June; however, the number of cases has decreased significantly in the past two weeks.
Malaria is endemic in three of South Africa’s nine provinces: Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. Residents and travellers are encouraged to take necessary precautions, and keep a high index of awareness of malaria symptoms.
Malaria is commonly misdiagnosed as influenza. Any person with a history of travel to a malaria risk area who presents with fever and flu-like symptoms should consult a medical practitioner. Clinicians should be vigilant for malaria amongst travellers returning from malaria risk areas, especially given the prolonged malaria season, and overlap in clinical presentation with influenza infection
Communicated by: National Institute for Communicable Diseases
Updated: 29 June 2017