Holiday makers travelling to areas with high risk of Malaria infection this long weekend are warned to take precautionary measures.

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases has reported an increase in the number of Malaria cases in north-eastern Limpopo, use anti-mosquito measures such as nets, repellents and prophylactic medicines.

The National Institute of Communicable Disease has also cautioned travellers to guard against mosquitoes hitchhiking in vehicles returning from malaria areas and transmitting the infection to non-travellers.

Malaria symptoms include ‘flu-like’ symptoms such as a mild fever and sweating, headache, muscle aches and chills. Travellers are urged to seek immediate medical attention if they experience any of these symptoms.

Globally malaria infects over 200 million each year.

Malaria has slowly been on the rise this year as more cases globally have appeared in several different countries.

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