Patient isolated, staff quarantined in Potch Ebola scare

2014-10-09 12:34

A man from Potchefstroom has been isolated after he showed signs of haemorrhagic fever, but the North West health department said he was not being treated for Ebola.

Hospital staff had been quarantined and the casualty department had been disinfected.

“The 72-year-old man from one of the farming communities went to [Potchefstroom] hospital last night,” spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane said today.

“This patient came complaining of fever, weaknesses and a cough. Clinically, he had signs and symptoms of haemorrhagic fever and was isolated. Blood investigations were done and the virologist was informed, based on the results.”

Lekgethwane said infection control measures were strengthened and the man and staff were quarantined.

“The patient was referred to Klerksdorp/Tshepong Hospital complex and all staff members who were in contact with that patient were disinfected, including casualty department and all the equipment,” he said.

The department said it would monitor everyone who had been in contact with the man.

Lekgethwane could not immediately be reached for further comment.

It was unclear if a case of Ebola was suspected.

According to eNCA, the national health department denied the man was being treated for Ebola. Spokesperson Joe Maila told the broadcaster the man was treated for high fever unrelated to Ebola.

“What we know is that a person came into the hospital with fever and this person has never been outside of South Africa,” he was quoted as saying.

“Therefore it is unlikely that you can look at the possibilities of Ebola. However, the doctors are doing [everything possible] to make sure that they diagnose what is the problem with the patient.”

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