Farmer treated for Congo fever in Free State

2010-07-22 10:20

A Namibian farmer has been admitted to the Bloemfontein Medi-Clinic

with Congo fever, the Volksblad newspaper has reported.

Andries Hoffman (44), from the Aroab district was admitted to the

hospital on Monday.

Hoffman was admitted to the Medi-Clinic in Upington on Sunday, and

airlifted to Bloemfontein on Monday.

Medi-Clinic Bloemfontein spokesperson Amanda Appelgryn said Hoffman

was in the intensive care unit in isolation. Tests showed he had Congo


“It is not yet known how he got sick. One gets infected either by a

tick bite or handling an infected carcass.”

Appelgryn said Hoffman was stable, but very sick.

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