WHO: Mystery fever killed three in South Africa

first_img So far, multiple tests on the other patients have been negative for Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever and Ebola, Marburg, Lassa, and Rift Valley fever viruses, according to the NICD. Serologic tests have excluded hantaviruses. “The final results for viral culture in animal and cell cultures are pending,” the statement said. The WHO said the victims so far have tested negative for several VHFs and other infectious diseases, and no new cases have emerged since the latest death on Oct 5. A fourth case was linked to the three reported by the WHO, but that patient was found to have “an alternative diagnosis,” which was not named, South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said in a bulletin. The statement gave no details about that patient. Oct 10, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today said a mysterious febrile disease that bears some resemblance to a viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) has killed three people in Johannesburg, South Africa. See also: The first victim was a woman from Zambia who fell ill while on a safari and died in a Johannesburg hospital on Sep 14, the WHO said. Subsequently, a paramedic who cared for the woman during her evacuation got sick on Sep 27 and died Oct 2, and a nurse who cared for the first patient in South Africa died Oct 5. The index patient had close contact with horses and a history of a possible tick bite, and was given a diagnosis of “tick bite fever,” the NICD said. But she died shortly after arriving in South Africa, and no samples were available for testing, the agency said. Oct 10 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2008_10_10/en/index.html There is no indication of a need for restrictions on travel to or from South Africa or Zambia, and no special measures are needed for passengers arriving from the two countries, the WHO said. The WHO said epidemiologists from the agency’s African Regional Office have gone to South Africa and Zambia to support the investigations. With no other cases identified so far, the NICD said, “It seems likely that this is an isolated case with secondary transmission in the nosocomial setting. Given the high mortality, nosocomial transmission, and clinical presentation, a viral haemorrhagic fever remains possible.” “Clinical features common to the three patients initially include fever, headache, diarrhoea, and myalgia developing into rash and hepatic dysfunction, followed by rapid deterioration and death,” the WHO said. “Bleeding was not a marked clinical feature.” The negative findings so far could be explained by the fact that samples were taken late in the illness (day 10)—or by the presence of virus variants not detectable with current molecular and serologic tests, the NICD said.last_img read more

We aren’t going to World Cup as favourites: Messi

first_imgBuenos Aires, May 30: Star forward Lionel Messi feels Argentina are not going to the World Cup in Russia as favourites but have players in their arsenal who can “fight against anyone”. Messi netted a hattrick as Argentina brushed aside Haiti 4-0 in a friendly at La Bombonera leading up to the World Cup.The FC Barcelona star broke the deadlock by slotting home a penalty before adding two more goals in eight second-half minutes.Messi then turned provider, setting up substitute Sergio Aguero for the final goal with 21 minutes remaining.“I want to thank all the fans that supported us tonight,” Messi told TyC Sports after the match. “More than the result we were able to say goodbye to our fans and enjoy their support. I really appreciate all the love from our fans.“We are not going to the World Cup as favorites but we are a great team with players ready to fight against anyone. This group of players have been together for a long time and we really want to go for an important title.“We are going to Russia with all the enthusiasm. We will put all what we have on the field as our fans always ask. We are the first ones who want to accomplish the dream of winning the World Cup,” he added. Argentina are in group D alongwith Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria. Messi has never won a World Cup, coming closest in 2014 but his side lost to Germany in the final. (IANS)last_img read more


first_imgThere will be a fundraising Golf Classic on the Ballybofey/Stranorlar Golf Course on Thursday 18th August.All proceeds in aid of the CLG Dhún na nGall Players Training Fund.This Golf Classic is sponsored by Azzurri. Teams of four. Entry fee, meal included, is €150.00. To enter a team contact Charlie Cannon @ 087 6949125 or PJ McGowan @ 086 2222750I would urge clubs to submit at least one team.A second fundraising Golf Classic shall be held on Edmondstown Golf Course, Rathfarnham, Dublin on Friday 26th August. More information from County Chairman, PJ McGowan @ 086 2222750.Is mise, le meas,Aodh Máirtín Ó Fearraigh Rúnaí CLG Dhún na nGallGOLF CLASSICS TO RAISE CASH FOR DONEGAL TEAM TRAINING FUND was last modified: August 8th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GOLF CLASSICS TO RAISE CASH FOR DONEGAL TEAM TRAINING FUNDlast_img read more