Travel health advice for travellers to South Africa: September to May

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MALARIA

Malaria advice for travellers – September to May

South Africa now enters winter and the risk of malaria in the Kruger National Park and adjacent areas is low. Chemoprophylaxis is generally not advised from June to the end of August. It is none the less important to take personal preventive measures so as to minimise the risk of mosquito bites. Do consult your health care provider for more detailed information. 

Updated: 26 October 2015

MALARIA

Malaria advice for travellers – September to May

South Africa now enters winter and the risk of malaria in the Kruger National Park and adjacent areas is low. Chemoprophylaxis is generally not advised from June to the end of August. It is none the less important to take personal preventive measures so as to minimise the risk of mosquito bites. Do consult your health care provider for more detailed information. 

Updated: Monday 26 October 2015

The malaria map, as revised in October 2013, depicts the game parks that are in an area where there is moderate malaria risk. These parks are:

1. The Kruger National Park
2. Letaba Ranch Game Reserve
3. Klaserie Private Nature Reserve
4. Thornybush Game Reserve
5. Sabie Sand Game Reserve

Malaria chemoprophylaxis is advised for visitors to these parks.

Game parks situated in other Provinces of the Country are malaria free – this includes the game parks in KwaZulu-Natal. For a list of game parks in South Africa in each Province, please click on this link.

MENINGOCOCCAL DISEASE

In South Africa, meningococcal disease is endemic with cases occurring year-round, but with seasonal peaks in winter and early spring. In addition, there is a natural cyclical pattern of meningococcal disease with peaks of disease occurring every five to ten years. Current rates of meningococcal disease in South Africa are at a nadir and an increase in rates based on known periodicity is anticipated. The highest burden of disease is among the under one year age group. Vaccination for travellers is generally not recommended.

Source: Centre for Respiratory Diseases and Meningitis, NICD-NHLS

Updated: 25 October 2015

OUTBREAKS

There are currently no outbreaks

COMMON PROBLEMS

Tick bite fever is common during this period – for more information click on this link.

VACCINE REQUIREMENTS

Travellers should ensure that they are up-to-date with the regular vaccines, such as tetanus.

Yellow fever

Proof of vaccination will be required for travellers from a yellow fever endemic country. Click here to see the list of countries regarded as endemic for yellow fever.

Hepatitis A and B

These should be considered but are not a requirement for entry into South Africa

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