BREAKING NEWS: Malaria claims another victim

BURGERSFORT – According to a community Whatsapp group “Waterval veiligheid” an elderly couple living approximately 12 kilometers out of Burgersfort in the Fraaiuitzicht area were both admitted to hospital two nights ago (20 October) with malaria symptoms.

Lukas Botha unfortunately passed away yesterday morning (21 October) while Maretha Botha is still in the ICU of Middelburg Midmed hospital.

Our thoughts are with the family of the loved one that passed away.

The website ( shows there is a couple of things that you should be aware of:

It’s not possible to avoid mosquito bites completely, but the less you’re bitten, the less likely you are to get malaria.
To avoid being bitten:
-Stay somewhere that has effective air conditioning and screening on doors and windows. If this isn’t possible, make sure doors and windows close properly.
-If you’re not sleeping in an air-conditioned room, sleep under an intact mosquito net that’s been treated with insecticide.
-Use insect repellent on your skin and in sleeping environments. Remember to reapply it frequently. The most effective repellents contain diethyltoluamide (DEET) and are available in sprays, roll-ons, sticks and creams.
-Wear light, loose-fitting trousers rather than shorts, and wear shirts with long sleeves. This is particularly important during early evening and at night, when mosquitoes prefer to feed.
-There’s no evidence to suggest homeopathic remedies, electronic buzzers, vitamins B1 or B12, garlic, yeast extract spread (such as Marmite), tea tree oils or bath oils offer any protection against mosquito bites.

Also check out our mosquito hack here.

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Mariska Sadler

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