Watch out for malaria in the Kruger Park
This is probably due to good summer rains following last year’s drought.
SANParks recommends that all visitors get prophylactics as prescribed by their doctor, and that they cover their skin at night. If you are unfortunate enough to get malaria after a visit to the Kruger, please inform the doctors in Skukuza so they can identify risk areas.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Malaria is only transmitted by female anopheles mosquitoes.
- The early symptoms include fever, headaches, muscle pain, tiredness, jaundice, rapid heart rate, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea.
- You might only experience symptoms as long as 12 – 35 days after you’ve been infected.
PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST MALARIA
- Wear trousers and a long-sleeved shirt at night – and socks with your sandals. To stay cool, wear clothes made from light, breathable fabric like cotton or linen.
- Use insect repellent on the parts of your body that are still exposed, like your hands, neck and face. Repellent made using natural ingredients like citronella or lemongrass is often seen as a healthy or safe alternative to products that contain chemicals, but it’s not as effective. If you’re in a high-risk area, use a repellent that contains DEET (diethyltoluamide) like Tabard or Peaceful Sleep. As you would with sunscreen, reapply it often.
- The safest option in a high-risk area is to sleep under a mosquito net.
- Use Vital Protection spray to treat fabrics like clothes, curtains and bedding. (You can buy it at stores like outdoorwarehouse.co.za)
- Light a mosquito coil or citronella candle. It will keep insects at bay and it’s safe for humans.