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Updated 07 November 2013

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.

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

On World Malaria Day, 25 April 2012, Health24's Travel Expert, Dr Peter Vincent of Netcare Travel Clinics and Medicross Tokai Family Medical Centre, cautions that this is a huge mistake.

The South African National Department of Health Malaria Control Programme reported the number of cases in January 2012 as 2267 with 16 deaths, and in February 2012 as 968 cases with 10 deaths.

According to Dr Vincent, malaria is on the whole more of a threat to those individuals who are not aware of the dangers of the disease or how to protect themselves from it.

 
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