KRUGER National Park (KNP) Management has urged people, who will be vising the park to take precautionary measures against Malaria before arrival.
However, the park said in a statement that it has been classified as a low risk area although situated in a malaria area.
SANParks Acting Head of Communications, William Mabasa said due to the heavy rain fall this year, there were pools of water in abundance everywhere and the park was experiencing Malaria cases especially in its northern part.
“Malaria seems to be on the brink of an outbreak lately despite the fact that we almost in winter now with some of the country’s provinces reporting hundreds of people who have been admitted and tested positive for the disease in hospitals,” said Mabasa.
“We therefore would like to advise visitors to take the necessary precautions which include the use of prophylaxes and vaccinations in consultation with their doctors to prevent the possibility of contracting Malaria as Kruger National Park is known to be one of the Malaria endemic areas in this country.”
He added: “By using repellants on the skin, keeping the gauze door and windows close and also ensuring these are not broken as well as spraying the inside of the hut/bungalow with insecticide, the risk of Malaria in the Park can be reduced significantly.”
Mabasa said there were medical doctors permanently based in Skukuza, Kruger National Park’s main camp and the public can also consult them for information and advice prior to their visit to the Park.
The northern parts of Mpumalanga and Limpopo have been hit by an outbreak of malaria and nearly 2000 people have been treated at various hospitals.