A case of Congo Fever in the Western Cape

By January 20, 2014Infections

According to hospital officials, the woman being treated for Congo fever at the Medi-Clinic Vergelen in Somerset West, Western Cape, is an isolated case touchen nxkey.

The 39-year-old contracted the fever from a multi-coloured tick, and is in a serious but stable condition after being admitted to the hospital over a week ago. The patient is in isolation, and there are no other cases of the fever at this time.

Congo fever presents with flu-like symptoms and bleeding (haemorrhaging).

According to the World Health Organisation, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever is primarily transmitted to people from ticks and livestock animals. Human-to-human transmission can occur from close contact with the blood, secretions, organs, or other bodily fluids of infected persons. There is no vaccine available for people or animals.

Source: http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/case-on-congo-fever-in-western-cape-1.1630602#.UtjdcPkwr3s

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