Malaria transmission is distinctly seasonal in South Africa with notifications generally increasing from November onwards. Peak rates in health facility malaria outpatients usually occur in April, and decline in June.
There are three "golden rules" to follow when visiting a malaria area
DON'T GET BITTEN The parasite which causes malaria is carried in the bite of the "anopheles" mosquito. The high-risk period is between dusk and dawn, though the mosquito can feed during the day in densely shaded-forested areas or the dark interiors of houses. Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants after dusk and use insect
repellent on exposed skin.
TAKE YOUR PILLS; Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to get advice on the best preparations and then take your pills regularly and don't skip out on the full course.
WATCH FOR WARNING SIGNS; On your return from a malaria area, be alert for any signs of fever or flu-like symptoms. If you don't feel well, see a doctor immediately. The quicker the diagnosis, the more certain the cure.