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585 Malaria Cases Reported in Mpumalanga Between April & May

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SHANE Thumbu (29) died of malaria, which has beset some parts of Mpumalanga.

Shane’s father, Rothmans Thumbu (60), from Songeni outside Thulamahashe, said his son complained of a high fever and he was rushed to the local clinic, where he was told there was nothing wrong with him. 

“We then took him to a doctor, who referred him to Mapulaneng Hospital.

Image title“He was biting and ripping off the drips that the nurses put on him. He was also vomiting.”

Worried dad Rothmans said they would ask for the government to help bury Shane.

At least two people are suspected to have died over the past two weeks due to the malaria outbreak in Mpumalanga. 

The deaths occurred at Tintswalo Hospital, which has registered the highest number of malaria cases in the Bushbuckridge area between April and May this year. 

Health spokesman Dumisani Malamule said: “During April and May a total of 585 malaria cases have been reported in Mpumalanga. About 294 of the malaria cases have been reported in the Bushbuckridge area, and 235 of those are local transmissions. Only 59 are imported from neighbouring provinces and countries such as Mozambique and Zimbabwe, where malaria is endemic.” 

Malamule said more cases were coming from Acornhoek, Welverdiend, Marite, Dum-phries and Seville villages. 

The public was advised that any person showing signs and symptoms of malaria should immediately visit a local health facility to be tested and treated. The symptoms include fever, headaches, cold shivers and hot sweats, muscle pain or general body pains, weakness, dizziness and loss of appetite.


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