Rift Valley Fever hits 32 people

THERE are 32 confirmed cases of people infected with Rift Valley Fever, while two people have died since the outbreak, the Department of Health said yesterday.

THERE are 32 confirmed cases of people infected with Rift Valley Fever, while two people have died since the outbreak, the Department of Health said yesterday.

Deputy Minister of Health Molefi Sefularo said the National Institute of Communicable Diseases had confirmed 31 cases of RVF in Free State, with two deaths, and one case in Northern Cape.

Laboratory tests had confirmed two cases of Congo Fever in the two provinces.

"Two cases of Congo fever, one in Free State and one in Northern Cape, have also been confirmed," Sefularo said.

He said the outbreak of RVF among people was still confined to the Free State and Northern Cape provinces.

Most of the infections reported followed direct contact with RVF-infected livestock or could be linked to farms with confirmed animal cases of RVF.

Most people infected were farmers, vets and farm workers, or family members.

Additional suspected cases were being tested.

Kimberley Medi Clinic hospital manager Henry Hendriks confirmed that the hospital was treating one confirmed RVF patient and waiting for the results of tests on two other patients.

Another possible RVF patient was also being treated at a Kimberley hospital, a local newspaper reported yesterday. - Sapa

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