Cases of malaria have increased in Limpopo's Vhembe and Mopani districts over the past week, the provincial health department said.
So far more than 80 people had been treated for malaria in various hospitals and clinics, said spokesman Selby Makgatho.
"Ten of them were treated at the Donald Fraser hospital, nine at Tshilidzini and four at Malamulele hospital over the Christmas weekend," said Makgatho.
Be aware of symptoms
Last week alone, 36 cases were reported in Mopani, east of Giyani, while 22 other cases were reported in areas around Ba-Phalaborwa. The department urged communities to immediately consult their nearest health facilities if they experience flu-like symptoms such as body pains, headaches and fever.
"All health facilities were ready and fully equipped to deal with malaria cases. We will be using community gatherings such as funerals, tribal authority meetings as well as community meetings to promote awareness campaigns during this rainy season," said Makgatho. - (Sapa, December 2009)