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Congo fever man ‘still very ill’

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“The current case is being attended to and the medical staff are doing everything in their power to ensure the patient recovers”

ISOLATION: A well-known Kimberley man, Mark Elliott, is being treated for Congo fever in the isolation unit at the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital. Picture: Soraya Crowie/African News Agency (ANA)

THE WELL-KNOWN Kimberley man, Mark Elliott, who was last week diagnosed with Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF), commonly known as Congo fever, is still very ill, according to his wife Sharon.

Last week, Elliott began to complain of joint pain, a headache and feeling nauseous before he went to see a doctor at Mediclinic Gariep. He was then transferred to Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital (RMSH) where a diagnosis of Congo fever was confirmed.

Yesterday, the Northern Cape Department of Health confirmed that there were no new cases of Congo fever reported or admitted.

“The current case is being attended to and the medical staff are doing everything in their power to ensure the patient recovers,” department spokesperson Lulu Mxekezo said.

Elliott is the second patient to be diagnosed with Congo fever in South Africa this year. The other case is in the Free State.

In 2017, an outbreak of Congo fever claimed the lives of two people in the Northern Cape, prompting the provincial Department of Health to warn community members to be vigilant about the signs and symptoms of CCHF.

Since the beginning of that year eight confirmed cases of CCHF were reportedly treated in the Northern Cape, with two of these ending in fatalities.

The first patient death was a farmer from the John Taolo Gaetsewe district who died as a result of the fever in January 2017, while a second patient, a man who helped slaughter sheep during a funeral, also in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district, died at the beginning of November that year.

There were no CCHF cases in 2018 in the Northern Cape, although one was reported in the Free State and one in the North West.