Almost 900 cases of malaria were reported in Mpumalanga in December 2017 alone.

The provincial Health Department is again urging residents to test for malaria. It’s providing free testing at clinics and hospitals.

About 79 people have died of malaria in Mpumalanga since April 2017, with 896 cases reported.

Bushbuckridge has recorded the highest number at 499, followed by Nkomazi with 219.

Health authorities say people should take note of symptoms including fever, headaches, sweating, body pains, extreme tiredness and vomiting.

Anyone who was bitten by a mosquito and start experiencing these symptoms must rush to a health facility.

Malaria is curable when detected early but it can also be fatal.

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