Travel Alert: Malaria Update 31 July 2017

South Africa: Malaria Update

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: 31 July 2017


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