Dealing with malaria

Calls to eliminate malaria

Malaria is a preventable and curable disease. It spreads to humans through specific types of mosquitoes that are infected by parasites in tropical countries. Early signs of malaria are fever, headaches, and chills within the first 10-15 days of being bitten by an infected mosquito.


These symptoms are difficult to recognise as malaria and they can become severe or lead to death within 24 hours. This makes prevention tools essential to fight malaria – particularly in areas that do not have public health infrastructure.


South Africa had more than 7 800 malaria cases last year. Although community transmission is low, an outbreak could put nearly 5 million people in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga at risk of getting the disease


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Calls to eliminate malaria
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