NEWSFLASH: Four malaria cases found in the Moot

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Four cases of malaria have been reported in the Moot in the past two weeks.

DA ward councillor Leanne de Jager said all the cases surfaced in Kilnerpark.

She said the victims mostly stayed close to a stream in the area.

Rina van der Grÿp, spokesperson for Tshwane’s disease control department, said the first two cases were reported on 29 September.

She said they were diagnosed by Medicross at the Queens corner centre.

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“This was a three-year-old boy and his sister of six years. They were diagnosed and referred to Eugene Marais hospital where they were admitted and treated,” she said.

“Our outbreak response unit contacted the parents and ascertained that the family did not travel to a malaria endemic area.”

She said professors Lucille Blumberg and John Frean from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) were notified and a team of experts visited Kilnerpark last Monday.

“A thorough investigation was done,” she said.

“Mosquitoes and larvae were collected from the area and stream, but no indications of the Anopheles malariqa mosquito or larvae was found.”

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On 4 October, Moot hospital reported two more malaria cases.

“The two cases were of a husband and his wife, who also had no travel history. It was found that they lived about 650m from the first two cases.”

She said the NICD was alerted again and the team went out again to investigate.

 

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Van der Grÿp said the two children and the wife were discharged from hospital and were doing fine. The husband was still in hospital, but in a satisfactory and stable condition.

Hospitals in and around the Moot were alerted to be on the lookout for patients with symptoms of malaria.

Van der Grÿp said: “The conclusion we came to was that a malaria mosquito was possibly brought in by a vehicle from a malaria endemic area.”

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The NICD confirmed that four patients had been infected with malaria.

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