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Malaria in Zimbabwe

28 Jan 2013

The media has reported on malaria in Zimbabwe. Since the beginning of 2013, more than 10 000 cases of malaria have been reported nationwide.

Frequent rain in the country has encouraged malaria breeding sites and more than 50% of the population live in low lying malaria risk areas. Malaria transmission rates usually peak during February, March and April and awareness campaigns have been intensified in areas including as Mudzi, Binga, Matabeleland South and Manicaland.

Preventive measures including vector control and indoor residual spraying have however, contributed to a decline in malaria in Zimbabwe. In 2012, 214 deaths from malaria and 328 000 cases were recorded nationwide.

Advice for Travellers

There is a high risk of the serious form of malaria in low lying areas of Zimbabwe. Travellers should seek pre-travel advice from a healthcare professional to discuss their individual risk of malaria. Prescription only, antimalarial tablets are recommended for risk areas. Travellers should also take steps to avoid mosquito bites and report promptly any fevers that may develop.