Malaria cases rise in Limpopo

CONFIRMED cases of malaria continue to rise in Limpopo. More than 947 people have been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne disease since the start of the rainy season, and numbers are expected to soar.

CONFIRMED cases of malaria continue to rise in Limpopo. More than 947 people have been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne disease since the start of the rainy season, and numbers are expected to soar.

The most affected districts are Vhembe, Mutale and Mopani. The provincial department of health has urged people who have flu-like symptoms to contact their nearest clinic.

Spokesperson Selby Makgatho said: "We do not have an outbreak now but the situation is expected to take a turn for the worst.

"The department has devised a plan to fight malaria. About 42 teams have been formed to fight the disease. They will go around the province fumigating and educating communities.

"We are also using community gatherings to promote awareness. Health facilities are ready and equipped to deal with malaria cases."

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