WARNING | Don't confuse malaria with Covid-19 - NICD

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Despite South Africa entering its peak malaria season, many malaria cases are being misdiagnosed as Covid-19.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) warned in a statement on Monday that both malaria and Covid-19 have similar non-specific early symptoms including fever, chills, headaches, fatigue and muscle pain.

"Undiagnosed and untreated malaria rapidly progresses to severe illness, with a potentially fatal outcome. Any individual presenting with fever or ‘flu-like illness, if they reside in a malaria-risk area in Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga or have travelled to a malaria-risk area, especially Mozambique, in the past six weeks, must be tested for malaria by blood smear microscopy or malaria rapid diagnostic test," said the NICD.

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