oa South African Medical Journal - Diagnosis and treatment of imported and odyssean malaria - : editorial

Volume 104, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Malaria has long been regarded as a major public health burden in South Africa (SA), affecting vast regions of the country. However, SA is now one of eight countries in Africa that is close to malaria elimination. This was documented in a supplement to the October 2013 . Even though SA is on the threshold of malaria elimination, many countries in Africa continue to experience high morbidity and mortality related to the disease. Malaria may also be encountered in parts of SA not known to have malaria, in ways not typical of how it is usually transmitted or acquired. In this issue of two articles discuss two forms of malaria seen in nonendemic areas, imported malaria and odyssean malaria.

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