The Kruger and Lowveld Regions fall within the malaria risk areas, it is always advisable to consult your doctor before visiting the region.
WHAT IS MALARIA?
Malaria is caused by a parasite which is transmitted to human beings bitten by infected mosquitoes. Malaria transmission is at its highest during the warmer and wetter months of November through to April. From May through to October the risks of acquiring malaria are reduced.
PERSONAL PROTECTION MEASURES
Personal protection measures against mosquito bites include the use of an appropriate insect repellent, the wearing of clothing to conceal as much of the body as practical, and sleeping under mosquito nets.
Symptoms of malaria may include a generalized body ache, tiredness, headache, sore throat, diarrhoea, and fever. It is worth emphasizing that these symptoms may not be dramatic, and can easily be mistaken for an attack of influenza or similar non-life threatening illness. Deterioration can then be sudden and dramatic, with a rapid increase in the number of parasites in your bloodstream. A high fever may develop, with marked shivering and dramatic perspiration.
If you develop any influenza like illness or fever within seven day of entering, or six months of departing a malaria risk area, seek immediate medical attention. Blood tests should be taken to check for possible malaria infection. It may be sensible to have a second blood test taken if a first test is negative for malaria, to be certain of excluding the disease.