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Conditions of concern

Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea is an abnormal increase in the frequency and liquidity of the stools. Find out the causes of these symptoms in babies and adults, and more about diagnosis and treatment.

Malaria kills, even in South Africa

For a nation that enjoys spending time outdoors and trips to the bushveld, many South Africans are lax about protecting themselves from malaria, says Health24's Travel Expert.

Malaria

Malaria has been recognised as a disease for thousands of years. Descriptions of the disease date from as far back as 1700 BC in China, and 1570 BC in Egypt.

Altitude sickness

Altitude sickness, also called mountain sickness, is an illness that occurs when the body is unable to adjust to high elevations. Symptoms of mountain sickness range from a mild headache and fatigue to a life-threatening build-up of fluid in the lungs or brain.

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Malaria: an African story

In 2007 Bill and Melinda Gates announced that malaria would be eradicated by 2015. Doctors battling the disease on the ground responded: “One day. But not in our lifetimes.”

Lyme disease

Lyme disease is an infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi. B. burgdorferi is a bacterium that is carried by a group of closely related species of ticks known as Lxodes. An infected tick can transmit the bacteria to humans and animals through its bite. The bacteria enter the body at the spot where the tick has bitten.

Parasites

A parasite is an organism that lives in or on another organism and in the process harms this organism.

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