Malaria kills 2 in Mpumalanga

Malaria kills 2 in Mpumalanga
A mosquito bites a human. PICTURE: CDC

Of a total of 585 reported malaria cases across the Mpumalanga province, 294 are in the Bushbuckridge area where the two patients died.

Two patients died between April and May 2017, suspectedly of Malaria in the Mpumalanga province.

Officials said the two patients died at the Tintswalo hospital, in Bushbuckridge.

Statistics of reported Malaria cases show Tintswalo hospital recorded the highest number – 36 malaria new infections between April and May 2017.

In 2016, malaria cases stood at 499, lower than the 585 currently reported in April/May 2017.

Over 290 of the 585 Malaria cases that have been reported across Mpumalanga are in the Bushbuckridge area.

The cases are spread all over the area of Bushbuckridge and people in Acornhoek, Welverdiend, Marite, Dumfries and Seville villages are affected.

A majority of cases are locally transmitted, with a few coming from Limpopo and neighbouring Mozambique and Zimbabwe, where malaria is endemic.

Malaria kills 2 in Mpumalanga
A health worker sprays chemicals that kills malaria carrying mosquitos.

Enough medications and test kits have been supplied to areas experiencing malaria infections.

“We would like to assure our people and those who are visiting the province that we have everything under control,” Health MEC Gillion Mashego said.

“Our Malaria teams are on the ground to contain the disease,” Mashego said.

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Officials have asked that anyone having the following symptoms should immediately visit healthcare centres:

• Fever

• Headache

• Rigors (cold shivers/hot sweats)

• Myalgia or general body pains

• Weakness (general body weakness)

• Dizziness

• Loss of appetite

• Diarrhoea, Nausea and Vomiting

• Flu-like symptoms

Mashego said: “All our health facilities are ready to deal with the Malaria outbreak”.

“We encourage everyone to ensure that they test for the disease to ensure that they remain safe,” he added.

(edited by ZK)

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