Watch out for signs of fever

2017-11-29 06:00

Northern Cape residents are warned to be vigilant against Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF).

CCHF is caused by infection from a tick-borne virus (Nairovirus) in the family Bunyaviridae and is common in the province due to livestock farming and the hunting of wildlife.

The warning was issued by the Northern Cape Department of Health.

The onset of CCHF is described as sudden, with initial signs and symptoms which include headache, high fever, back pain, joint pain, stomach pain and vomiting.

Red eyes, a flushed face, a red throat and petechiae (red spots) on the palate are common.

Symptoms may also include jaundice and changes in mood and sensory perception.

As the illness progresses, large areas of bruising, nosebleeds and uncontrolled bleeding at injection sites can be seen, beginning on about the fourth day of illness and lasting for about two weeks.

It is critical to disclose any tick bites or contact with animals when visiting a health facility.

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