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Infections

Gut & digestionInfections
May 29, 2014

Is there a cholera outbreak in the North West?

News reports this morning announced of a possible cholera outbreak in Bloemhof in the North West province. Over 200 people have been admitted to local clinics since Monday, showing typical cholera symptoms which include severe diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, stomach cramps and dehydration. (more…)

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Food & nutritionInfectionsVitamins & Supplements
May 13, 2014

Beat the winter blues! Top 5 ways to boost your immune system

Winter’s just around the corner, and those nasty cold and flu bugs are already making their appearance. So, how can you fight them off? By boosting your immune system! These are my top 5 must-haves to help build immunity against colds and flu this season. Zinc Zinc is an essential mineral, and even a slight deficiency can negatively affect your immune function. People most at risk of zinc deficiency include: the elderly, pregnant and breastfeeding women, breastfed babies older than 6 months, vegetarians, people with gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis. Supplementing your diet with zinc can help reduce…

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Infections
April 1, 2014

There’s an Ebola outbreak in West Africa, but what’s it all about?

The recent Ebola outbreak in Guinea has now spread to distant towns in the country, as well as bordering countries Liberia and Sierra Leone – and it’s causing a lot of panic. So far, there have been 122 reported cases of Ebola infections, and a total of 78 people have died from the virus since January this year. With the disease spreading to neighbouring countries, Senegal has made the decision to close its borders. So why such drastic measures? Well, Ebola is considered to be one of the most deadly viruses in the world – there is no vaccine or…

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InfectionsSexual Health
February 4, 2014

Everything you need to know about genital herpes

Genital herpes is a common, highly infectious disease caused by a virus that infects the genital areas. It is transmitted from one person to another during sexual activity, causing blisters or groups of small ulcers (open sores) on and around the genitals in both men and women. Many people with genital herpes actually never have sores, or they have very mild symptoms that often go unnoticed, or are mistaken for insect bites or another skin condition. (more…)

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Infections
January 30, 2014

Salmonella outbreak in Limpopo

The diarrhoea outbreak in Limpopo earlier this week that left 42 people hospitalised was probably caused by salmonella. According to a Sapa correspondent, the outbreak was reported on Monday by the provincial diseases outbreak response team, and it’s believed the initial cause was contaminated food or water at Mokopane Lodge. A member of the response team confirmed that preliminary results on the food samples identified salmonella food poisoning, and the lodge has been placed under quarantine awaiting confirmation of the results. (more…)

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Infections
January 21, 2014

Popular TV personality Lesego Motsepe passes away

Tributes and condolences have been pouring in, especially on social media sites, for Isidingo star Lesego Motsepe, who passed away in her home in Randburg on Monday. In a statement, Motsepe's family said she was found by her brother Moemise Motsepe at about 11am on Monday morning, and paramedics confirmed her death a few hours later. (more…)

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Infections
January 20, 2014

A case of Congo Fever in the Western Cape

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. (more…)

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Infections
December 23, 2013

Gastro outbreak in Cape Town

Over the past week, there have been increasing reports of a viral gastro outbreak in Cape Town. Gastro is a stomach flu, and symptoms range from mild to severe and include: nausea, fever, diarrhoea, and general aches and pains. All and all, it’s not nice! And while there is unfortunately no cure for stomach flu (besides not getting it in the first place), here’s what you can do to help relieve nasty symptoms. (more…)

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Infections
December 19, 2013

Has first human died from new avian flu?

An elderly woman infected with the H10N8 avian flu virus died recently in hospital, in the Jiangxi province of China. The 73-year old woman was admitted to hospital, suffering from a variety of serious health conditions which included pneumonia, hypertension, heart disease and a muscular disease. It’s important to note that there is no confirmation that she died as a result of the avian virus. Health officials say that the risk of infection is very low and that the H7H9 virus – which also has a low infection rate - is a greater threat to public health. (more…)

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