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Malaria alert in Waterberg


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Cases of malaria continued to be reported in transmission areas including a part of the Waterberg.

National Institute for Communicable Diseases spokesperson, Sinenhlanhla Jimoh, recently said these cases included farms along the Lephalale River of the Waterberg region.

“This follows a very busy 2017 malaria season, which peaked in April and May and extended into June. 

“High rainfall, humidity and ambient temperatures provided ideal conditions for malaria mosquito breeding, and contributed to an increase in malaria cases in the southern African region,” he said.

Jimoh said unusually mild winter temperatures in malaria areas had allowed for ongoing mosquito and parasite development, and led to an early and busy malaria season, starting in August.

In early October, The BEAT’s sister publication, The Post, reported that an elderly Vaalwater resident had died from the decease.

Jeanett Swanevelder (71) died while being treated at the Eugene Marais hospital in Pretoria, on Thursday, 5 October.

To date Vaalwater had not been recognized as a malaria area.

According to research, classic symptoms of contracted malaria include headaches, cold shivers and sweating. 

This is common in adults.

Other symptoms include fatigue, abdominal discomfort, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, sore throat and coughing.

Young children are not immune and may show symptoms of poor feeding, vommiting, diarrhoea and coughing.

4 months ago       09 November 2017