Cape Town – The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NCID) has released in three provinces Limpopo, Mpumalanga and northern Kwa-Zulu Natal an advisory on increased malaria risk.
According to the statement released by NCID there’s an extended seasonal risk of malaria, there’s also an increase in the number of reported cases of severe malaria. These cases were specifically reported in 3 provinces, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and northern KZN.
Due to the climax change and heavier rainfall in the 3 regions has resulted in more mosquito breeding. Residents and travelers are urged by NCID to always look out for symptoms because early diagnosis can lead to treatment and prevent more deaths.
NCID also advised safari tour guides to always have the necessary medication with them when they are travelling far from medical care. This includes taking malaria preventative medication as well as educating their clients to have the same medication.
“You can also spray or soak clothes in permethrin, wear long sleeves and pants and carry mosquito nets and repellant,” according to the statement.
Here are the symptoms:
Fever, flu like illness such as, fever, chills, sweating and body pains, and eadache and being extremely tired.
The following symptoms state that the patient needs to be taken to hospital or any other medical care institution immediately:
Drowsiness, deep heavy breathing, yellow eyes and vomiting, not able to eat or drink
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