The woman being treated for
Congo fever at the Mediclinic Vergelen in Somerset West, Western Cape, is an
isolated case, hospital officials said on Sunday.
"The woman is in
isolation and there are no other cases of the fever at the clinic at this
time," Mediclinic Vergelen regional marketing manager Nadia Padayachi
The 39-year-old contracted
the fever from a multi-coloured tick. She was in a serious but stable condition
after she was admitted to the hospital over a week ago.
People with Congo fever
suffer from flu-like symptoms and haemorrhaging. According to the World Health
Organisation Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever is primarily transmitted to
people from ticks and livestock animals.
can occur from close contact with the blood, secretions, organs, or other
bodily fluids of infected persons. There is no vaccine available for either
people or animals.
Read: Congo Fever – The facts