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
— NICD (@nicd_sa) January 24, 2022
South African health authorities have seen a marked decrease in the number of excess deaths reported during the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to Public Health Specialist at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, Dr. Waasila Jassat this decrease in excess mortalities has become more apparent over the past 2 to 3 weeks.
Jassat says all other indicators, such as hospitalizations, severe disease and ICU treatment, have also, in this current wave, seen a drastic decline.
Access the Health Department’s latest Covid-19 update here.
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As of today the cumulative number of #COVID19 cases identified in SA is 3 552 043 with 5 244 new cases reported. Today 128 deaths have been reported bringing the total to 93 117 deaths. The cumulative number of recoveries now stand at 3 358 065 with a recovery rate of 94.5% pic.twitter.com/zGs6sDcVMw
— Department of Health (@HealthZA) January 14, 2022