The National Institute of Communicable Diseases says patients, who reside in or have recently travelled to malaria-prone areas, should also be tested for malaria if they show flu-like symptoms.
The Institute says this is especially important for patients who reside in Limpopo, Kwa-Zulu Natal or Mpumalanga, or who have recently travel to or from Mozambique.
The NICD says many malaria cases are being misdiagnosed as COVID-19 as both diseases have similar non-specific early symptoms.
Principal Medical Scientist at the NICD, Dr. Jaishree Raman.
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#MalariaAlert Any individual who has travelled to a malaria-risk area in the past six weeks and is presenting with fever or ‘flu-like illness, must inform their healthcare provider and get tested for malaria. Read more here https://t.co/0UfXgudhFv
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