Be careful of malaria if you are traveling to these places during Easter

Widespread rainfall over some provinces has led to an increase in mosquitoes and travelers are warned to be extra careful when visiting these malaria-prone provinces.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), Dr Lucille Bloomberg says Mozambique is the highest risk area followed by the Kruger National Park, Mopani, Vembe district in Limpopo, Mpumalanga as well as some parts of the KwaZulu-Natal.

If you are travelling to these areas, you need to prevent mosquito bites. Malaria mosquitoes bite between dusk and dawn... Apply insect repellent to exposed areas, use something containing DEET.

Dr Lucille Bloomberg, from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases

People visiting malaria-prone areas are advised to be on the lookout for malaria symptoms such as fever, chills, sweats, headaches, nausea and vomiting and body aches.

If anyone is experiencing these symptoms, they should immediately report to their nearest health facility for an urgent malaria test.

Go to your health practitioner and tell them you have been to a malaria area and insist on a malaria blood test.

Dr Lucille Bloomberg, from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases

Many people who have died from malaria, if you look back, most have a complaint about flu, there isn't flu at this time of the year, so be careful about misdiagnosis.

Dr Lucille Bloomberg, from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases

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