NHLS Alerts

  • Clusters of arboviral infections – West Nile and Sindbis fevers in South Africa

    22 February 2017   Cases of rash, myalgia and fever have been reported over the past 2 months mostly from residents of Johannesburg, Gauteng Province.   Typically a sick person reported mild-to-moderate headache and myalgia lasting 1-2 days, followed by the onset of a rash initially on the trunk and progressing over 1-2 days to the limbs, palms and soles. The rash eventually resolved after 3-5 days, but a few   patients experienced arthralgias of the large joints,...


    22 February 2017
  • Measles outbreak in a district of Western Province, January - February 2017

    08 February 2017 The NICD, National Department of Health (NDOH) and Western Cape provincial and district authorities are working together to contain a measles outbreak in the Stellenbosch sub-District. A single case in a high school learner in a Stellenbosch school was diagnosed and reported in mid-January 2017. Subsequently, from 18-30th January, five learners at the same school and a single family member developed laboratory-confirmed measles. Three  schools were identified for an...


    08 February 2017
  • Report on two cases of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever

    11 January 2017   The NICD has confirmed the diagnosis of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in two unrelated cases in the Western Cape and Northern Cape provinces over the past week.    The first case occurred in a 53-year-old cattle farmer in the Western Cape Province. He presented at a local clinic and was transferred to an academic hospital in Cape Town where the disease was suspected. The diagnosis was made on Friday 6th January. The patient is recovering,...


    11 January 2017
  • Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever-Frequently Asked Questions

    11 January 2016 Click link to access pdf: Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever FAQ


    07 January 2017
  • Typhoid awareness for returning travellers

             06 January 2017 The National Institute for Communicable Diseases would like to raise awareness amongst returning travellers and their health care providers for typhoid fever following the recent increase in the number of cases reported in Zimbabwe, an    d    the increased risk of importation of cases into South Africa. While an outbreak of typhoid in South Africa is not anticipated, it is important...


    05 January 2017