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World Malaria Day 2017

Malaria Prevention: Let's close the gap on World Malaria Day 2017 (http://www.who.int/campaigns/malaria-day/2017/en/) The World Health Organisation  is calling on closing the gap in malaria prevention on World Malaria Day 25 April 2017. Although new malaria cases fell...

Influenza Season 2015

When is influenza season? Influenza also called flu is an acute viral respiratory infection, transmitted by the influenza virus. This virus has three main types A, B and C. Influenza A is classified into different subtypes. The currently circulating seasonal viruses...

Children and Malaria

My wife and I would like to plan a trip to the Kruger National Park with our small children. At what age can you start giving malaria preventative medication to children? Technically, as soon as they weigh over 5kg. However, I wouldn't advise children under five years...

Pertussis / Whooping cough

Pertussis / Whooping cough Mode Of Infection Pertussis (Whooping cough) is caused by the bacterium, Bordetella pertussis. It is highly contagious, easily transmitted form person to person by droplets. It occurs mainly in infants and young children, and is easily...

Ebola Virus Disease

EBOLA / VIRAL HAEMORRHAGIC FEVER IN PERSPECTIVE   WHAT IS A VIRAL HAEMORRHAGIC FEVER? A group of illnesses caused by several distinct families of viruses. In general, the term "viral haemorrhagic fever" is used to describe a severe multisystem syndrome....

Preparing for Beijing

PREPARING FOR BEIJING Author: Dr. De Frey Source: Travel Doctor The Olympic Games in Beijing and other cities in China are expected to attract 600 000 foreign visitors and athletes and up to 2.5 million domestic visitors and volunteers. In a study published in the...


The theme for diabetes awareness month and World Diabetes Day 2019 is Family and Diabetes.

Families are urged to learn more about the warning signs of diabetes and find out their risk of type 2 diabetes. Research conducted by IDF in 2018 discovered that parents would struggle to spot this serious life-long condition in their own children. Despite the majority of people surveyed having a family member with diabetes, an alarming four-in-five parents would have trouble recognising the warning signs. One-in-three wouldn’t spot them at all.

The findings underline the need for education and awareness to help people spot the diabetes warning signs early.