NHLS Alerts


2017 Alerts Archive


  • Measles alert

    16 March 2017 There have been 6 confirmed cases of measles in Johannesburg, as at 15 March 2017. The cases were mostly primary school children, previously unvaccinated against measles. Additionally there has been one confirmed case of measles in Rustenburg, North West Province. These cases follow a confirmed outbreak of measles in the Western Cape in the first few months of this year – currently totalling 29 cases. The Western Cape outbreak initially involved teenagers at a...

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    16 March 2017
  • Measles factsheet

    What is measles? Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus. Patients mostly have fever with a rash, comprising small, red, flat spots over the body. Other signs include cough, conjunctivitis (red eyes) and coryza (running nose).  Complications of measles can include diarrhea, dehydration, brain infection (encephalitis), blindness and death. Complications are more serious in those who catch measles as young infants (under 2 years of age). Who can get measles?  Any...

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    15 March 2017
  • Malaria advisory - March 2017

    15 March 2017   South Africa is currently experiencing its annual malaria season and there has been a recent increase of malaria cases in Mozambique due to the storms following Cyclone Dineo that affected Mozambique and the northeastern parts of South Africa.   With the approach of Easter and the public holidays in April, it is important for travellers visiting any of the malaria areas within or outside of South Africa to take additional precautions and maintain a higher index of...

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    15 March 2017
  • Malaria focus in western Waterberg, Limpopo Province - No new cases of locally acquired malaria

    22 March 2017 The north-eastern areas of Limpopo Province are the traditional malaria transmission areas in the province.  During the period 27 February - 13 March 2017, 49 malaria cases were reported  in Thabazimbi and Lephalale in the western Waterburg, Limpopo province, 14 of which were due to local transmission mostly in rural villages along the Lephalale river. The western Waterberg is historically prone to malaria during favourable transmission years. Over the...

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    14 March 2017
  • Odyssean malaria: Tshwane, Gauteng Province and Swartruggens, North West Province

    22 March 2017   The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) was notified of two persons with malaria from Doornpoort, a suburb in the northern part of the City of Tshwane, and two patients from Swartruggens in the North West Province. None of these people had travelled to a known malaria transmission area. Unfortunately three of the patients passed away due to late diagnosis which resulted in complications of malaria. An investigation of the residences and environs in...

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    13 March 2017