JOHANNESBURG- The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has warned all travellers to take safety precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes during Easter Holidays.
This follows by an increase with the recent widespread rainfall across Southern Africa.
In a statement released, it is believed that the number of malaria cases will be expected to rise in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal due to arrival of travellers during the Easter holidays.
“All residents and travellers to and from malaria transmission areas in Mopani and Vhembe districts of Limpopo, Thabazimbi and Lephalale areas remain at risk. Other areas of high transmission risk include the Lowveld of Mpumalanga, including the Kruger National Park and surrounds, and the northern KZN-Mozambique border,” statement said.
NCID has also advised travellers to cover their skin at night, closing insect screens on doors and windows to allow the free flow of fresh air through open windows, whilst keeping out insects without the use of pesticides (Bug Killer), and using fans or air-conditioners.
Furthermore, travellers are advised to look out for malaria symptoms such as fever, chills, sweats, headaches, nausea and vomiting, body aches and general malaise, and to report to their nearest health facility if they suspect that they may have contracted malaria.