Suspected Congo fever outbreak in Omaheke

23 Feb 2017 22:20pm
GOBABIS, 23 FEB ( NAMPA) - A middle-aged man died at the Gobabis Hospital on Wednesday on suspicions that he had contracted Congo fever.
Nampa has learned that the man was admitted to the hospital on 18 February 2017 after complaining of coughing up blood, amongst other symptoms.
He was employed at a farm in the Kalahari Constituency of the Omaheke Region.
It is also understood that medical personnel from the hospital inspected the farm to trace the source of the disease.
Unconfirmed reports have it that another patient - said to be an uncle of the deceased - was admitted to the hospital Thursday afternoon.
Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, more commonly known as Congo fever, is caused by a tick-borne virus. It causes severe viral haemorrhagic fever outbreaks.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services is expected to make a statement on the suspected outbreak of the disease Friday morning.