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.