440 malaria cases in Limpopo

2011-01-05 13:49

At least 440 cases of malaria have been reported in Limpopo, provincial health department spokesperson Cecil Motsepe said today.

He said: “During the last two weeks, an increase in the notification of malaria cases was observed in Limpopo. This increase is mostly confined to the known malaria high-risk areas; the north-eastern parts of Vhembe district and eastern Mopani.”

Three people died from malaria in the Musina, Donald Fraser and Malamulele hospitals last week.

“Although this increase does not constitute an outbreak or epidemic yet, the department is concerned and we are monitoring the situation closely,” Motsepe said in a statement.

“We are ensuring that all cases are fully investigated and responded to.”

He said the department had a malaria control programme in place to control and reduce incidents.

“For this season we targeted 985 000 houses to be sprayed and we are proud to announce that the programme is progressing smoothly after managing to spray more than 540 000 of these houses.”

The spraying started in September last year.

Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease which is transmitted through the bites of certain types of mosquitoes.

Flu-like symptoms, body aches and pains, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea are all symptoms of the disease.

Each year, more than 250 million cases of malaria are reported worldwide, killing between one and three million people, the majority of whom are young children.

90% of malaria-related deaths, commonly associated with poverty, take place in sub-Saharan Africa.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/Africa
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.