Message for U.S. Citizens: Johannesburg (South Africa), Malaria in South Africa

The U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg alerts U.S. citizens that cases of malaria have been reported in parts of three provinces in South Africa where transmission of the disease does not usually occur. As of March 12 a total of 53 cases have been reported, most of them in the cities of Thabazimbi and Lephalale in Limpopo Province. Two cases were reported in Swartruggens, North West Province, and two more cases in the Doornpoort neighborhood north of Pretoria in Gauteng Province. Ongoing mosquito surveillance in Gauteng has not identified Anopheles mosquitoes known to transmit malaria.

The South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases is investigating the cases and working to control mosquitos that spread malaria. Health care providers and the public are being informed about the symptoms, as well as treatment of the disease.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council