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South Africa; A Traveler’s Guide To Health Considerations

Last updated on February 28, 2020

South Africa offers the nature seeking traveler an opportunity of a lifetime. With over 20 National Parks and Wildlife Reserves, South African travel is intended to be a trip that will never be forgotten. Traveling throughout South Africa is quite simple, with the excellent paved road system, locating the perfect travel destination has never been easier. Before traveling to South Africa, however, one should consider the current health status of the region in addition to safety issues.

South Africa, like many African regions, is notable for specific disease and conditions. Of these, Malaria is most often a concern as it can lead to severe illness and even lead to death. Transmitted by mosquito, malaria is prevalent is all areas of South Africa, including the cities. In an effort to prevent a malaria related illness, South African travelers should consult a physician, prior to departure, regarding an antimalarial drug such as doxycycline. Antimalarial drugs are available in generic supplies and provide the budget conscious traveler with an inexpensive prevention method against malarial illness.

In addition to malaria, South African was also once known for Yellow Fever outbreaks. However, Yellow Fever is now eradicated in the region. Oddly enough, it is the travelers from outside of South Africa, who come to visit, who may be required to obtain a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate certifying immunity as a traveler. This is why it is important to have some healthy and safety kit in your käsipagas müük for your protection and safety.

While in South Africa, travelers should be cautious with consumption of water, or food containing water, as disease and illness, such as cholera, are quite common. Additionally, many diseases associated with a combination of mosquito infestation and water are quite common including dengue virus and river blindness. As a tourist, suggestion is made in using a mosquite repellent with the chemical, DEET, to further assist in repelling and preventing mosquito bites. Also, African Sleeping Sickness and schistosomiasis are also common health concerns. However, risk of infection can be negated by avoiding areas with dense vegetation and avoid swimming or drinking fresh water.

In addition to utilizing DEET, health officials recommend travelers to South Africa pack long sleeve shirts, long pants and hats as these will also work to repel disease carrying insects. Other optional suggestions for travel products include bed nets with a chemical called permethrin and flying insect spray to use in rooms where travelers may be resting or sleeping. Anti-diarrheal medication is also a suggestion so as to avoid onset of minor symptoms.

South African travel is a destination may world travelers desire. With beauty, history and culture, travel to South Africa is well worth the recognition by the travel community. To ensure your travel is safe and disease and illness free, packing preventative medications, appropriate clothing, insect repellants, avoiding specific terrain, fresh water and contaminated food, will ensure your trip is pleasurable and unforgettable.