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,...
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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...
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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,...
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11 January 2016
Click link to access pdf: Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever FAQ
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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...
More05 January 2017