Malaria is a serious, potentially life-threatening illness that is endemic in many parts of the world, including South Africa. It is transmitted by the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito which is a night time biting mosquito. The most deadly form of malaria – Falciparum Malaria – is found extensively in Southern Africa and the parasite is becoming increasingly resistant to many forms of medication previously used to treat it which is why it is becoming more difficult to contain.
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The most important part of malaria prevention is bite avoidance! Take these precautions which apply even more especially to children and pregnant woman who are at greater risk of developing severe malaria..
- Don't forget to take your medication as directed by our Travel Doctor.
- Wear long-sleeved light coloured clothing from dusk to dawn.
- Use insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin i.e. Tabbard or Peaceful Sleep.
- Sleep under mosquito nets that have been impregnated with insect repellent solution (Permethrin) and burn mosquito coils or pads at night.
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Dr Peta Lynn Jearey
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