A malaria warning has been issued for visitors intending to visit the Kruger National Park in the coming weeks.
According to SANParks, heavy rains have left large pools of water behind, prime for mosquito breeding. Several cases have already been reported in the park’s northern areas.
“Malaria seems to be on the brink of an outbreak lately despite the fact that we almost in winter now,” says SANParks Acting Head of Communications, William Mabasa. “We therefore would like to advise visitors to take the necessary precautions which include the use of prophylaxes and vaccinations.”
SANParks also recommends that all visitors to the KNP take extra measures to keep mosquitos at bay, including the use of insect repellant, insecticide, and keeping doors and windows closed.
Mabasa says he expects the situation to improve gradually, as colder winter temperatures will encourage mosquitoes gradually become less active and eventually hibernate.
The malaria disease is caused by plasmodium parasites which are carried by the blood-sucking mosquitos. It has made mosquitos arguably the deadliest animal on the planet, infecting nearly 200-million people per year – most of them in Africa.
The Limpopo Health Department has confirmed that it has brought the disease under control in the province after a moderate outbreak earlier this year.