Malaria alert – Locals be vigilant!

Although malaria has not been a problem in Gauteng for many years, a number of Odyssean malaria infections have been reported around Pretoria and Johannesburg in the recent weeks.

According to reports, these infections happened due to the accidental transportation of carrier mosquitoes in vehicles travelling between neighbouring countries and/or aeroplanes travelling between different countries. It is thought that the mosquitoes most probably were transported in luggage. Because this type of malaria is caused by “travelling mosquitoes” it is often called airport, suitcase, minibus or taxi-rank malaria.

Should you, or any of your family members and/or friends, present with the following symptoms, consult your doctor urgently:

  • Flu-like symptoms (that worsen quickly over a short period of time)
  • Fever (sudden onset)
  • Chills or sweats
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle pains
  • Fatigue
  • Small children could also present with poor feeding and lethargy

The Local Choice Clinic’s trained medical staff that can refer you for the necessary blood tests to establish your malaria status. Once a diagnosis has been confirmed by your doctor, the appropriate medication can also be provided by The Local Choice Pharmacy.

If you have visited known malaria areas such as Eastern Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Swaziland within the last 30 days, and present with some of these symptoms, please consult with us as well, because as far as malaria is concerned – PREVENTION IS DEFINITELY BETTER THAN CURE!!

Ensure the safety of your family and yourself by wearing protective clothing after sunset, use mosquito repellents (we stock a wide variety for your convenience) and use fans to create a breeze when sitting outside or while sleeping.

Should you or your child be bitten by mosquitoes, be extra vigilant for flu-like symptoms and act IMMEDIATELY if you notice any symptoms from the list above.