NB To significantly reduce your risk, take precautionary measures against mosquito bites throughout the year in all risk areas
South Africa is mostly free from malaria however the wildlife rich areas in the northern and north eastern field of Mpumalanga, Limpopo, the Kruger National Park, northern KwaZulu-Natal and Swaziland are malarial.
The biggest risk of contracting malaria in these subtropical areas is during the hot rainy season (November to April) when mosquitoes proliferate.
If you intend scuba diving in northern KwaZulu Natal or other coastal malarial areas then avoid certain malarial drugs like Larium that contain mefloquine as the combined effects with nitrogen can be hazardous. Inform your doctor that you intend scuba diving so that suitable prophylaxis can be prescribed.
Pregnant women, very young children and immune-compromised people should ideally avoid malarial area . Please speak to your MD and perspective the Medical Inquiry Council of South Africa site for more detail
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