How to avoid malaria while traveling in Africa
Malaria kills about 1 700 people a day! (mostly in Africa) Yet travellers have to be begged to take mosquito bite precautions and effective chemoprophylaxis when travelling to high-risk malaria areas.
Where does malaria occur in Africa
For those travelling to many of the warmer regions of our world, there may be a risk of contracting malaria. Each year this parasitic disease causes many deaths both in the tropics and among travellers returning to their home countries. Most of the transmission occurs in tropical Africa (approx. 95%) with the rest in Asia and Central and South America.
Please refer to the MARA Malaria Map for South Africa
When considering malaria risk, travellers should bear in mind that no Anti-malarial provides 100% protection against the disease. Avoiding mosquito bites in the first place remains the cornerstone of protection against malaria.
Avoid Mosquito Bites
- Where possible avoid going outdoors between dusk and dawn.
- Wear long sleeves to cover your arms and long trousers to cover your ankles.
- Avoid dark coloured clothing as it retains heat and attracts mosquitoes.
- If possible, choose an air-conditioned room.
- Keep doors and windows closed.
- Avoid using perfumes and aftershaves as the smell will attract mosquitoes.
- Choose a room above the third floor. Insects don’t tend to fly to this height.
- If living in the area, ensure there are no open water containers.
- Still or stagnant water is the preferred breeding ground of numerous insects.