Child HealthParenting
May 13, 2019

Does your child have meningitis? Know the danger signs

Spotting meningitis can be tricky, and it can be easy for your little one to develop it without you knowing. By getting to know the signs and symptoms, you can ensure your child gets the right treatment before it becomes serious.
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April 8, 2019

What is the difference between viral and bacterial infections?

It’s important to understand the difference between a bacterial and viral infection. Even though both infections can cause similar symptoms, they are treated very differently.
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Gut & digestion
March 20, 2019

Could you be suffering from SIBO?

SIBO refers to “small intestine bacterial overgrowth”. It is normal for bacteria to grow in certain parts of your gut and intestinal tract, but when these bacteria develop in the small intestine, symptoms appear.
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Medication & Treatment
August 19, 2016

All about antibiotics

This week I have been inundated with patients suffering from flu-like symptoms, and all wanting antibiotics to get them better quickly!! Unfortunately, most of the time their symptoms are due to viral infections and I've sent them off to the pharmacy with a battery of medications, but no antibiotics. "How can you be so cruel?", I hear you ask. Well let’s take a closer look at antibiotics before you judge me!  (more…)
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June 4, 2016

The superbug is here, what is our last resort?

For several years, scientists warned us: “If we’re not more careful with how we use antibiotics, we’ll soon have a mutant bacteria that cannot be killed by any of the antibiotics we have – not even the strongest one!” Well, that day has come. (more…)
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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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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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