Brothers' deaths still being probed

2010-09-08 12:13

Johannesburg - Olivedale Hospital was still trying to find out what caused the deaths of two brothers at the facility a few days ago, it said on Wednesday.

"It is possible that both young people acquired their illness from a common source that may render the transmission to others less likely," the hospital's general manager Robert Jordaan said.

"However, precautionary measures will remain in place and the monitoring of close contacts and medical personnel will continue."

No new cases had been reported and people who had been in close personal contact with the brothers remained in good health.

Close personal contact is defined as contact with a patient's blood or body fluids.

A key feature of the illness included fevers and liver failure.

The hospital said it was working with the National Institute of Communicable Diseases and the Department of Health on the matter.

The Star reported that Ioannis and Giorgio Avgousti died at the weekend after a sudden onset of illness.

Sunday would have been Ioannis's 21st birthday.