Cape province where the congress will be held is a malaria-free area.
Certain parts of South Africa is NOT malaria-free and you take precautionary measures. Personal protection against mosquito bites should be the focus of malaria prevention if you plan to travel outside of the Cape Province. Measures to prevent mosquito bites are included in the information in the Travel & Tours page
Malaria risk mainly due to P. falciparum exists in certain parts of South Africa and bordering countries
Malaria is distinctly seasonal in Southern Africa and predominantly occurs during the rainy months between September and May, with January to April being periods of high transmission.
While the Kruger National Park does fall in the malaria risk area, the transmission risk would be considered low to moderate, depending on the specific camps visited for overnight stays.
Personal protection against mosquito bites should be the focus of malaria prevention.
Measures to prevent mosquito bites include:
Wearing long pants and socks
Applying topical mosquito repellants to exposed skin areas that contain at least 20% DEET
Burning of coils for repelling mosquitoes
Sleeping under mosquito nets treated with long-lasting insecticide when in high transmission areas
Use of air- conditioning and fans where available
Staying in dwellings with screened windows and doors
The use of preventative medication can be considered on an individual traveler basis. Please check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets.
It is important for travelers visiting any of the malaria areas within Southern Africa and elsewhere to take appropriate precautions and maintain a high index of suspicion for symptoms of malaria on their return.
The occurrence of an acute febrile/ flu-like illness in the month after return must prompt an urgent malaria blood test and follow up of results.
The use of preventative medication can be considered on an individual traveler basis.
Malaria Advisory by: The South African National Travel Health Network (https://www.santhnet.co.za/)