NW patient unlikely to have Congo Fever

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CHRISTAL-LIZE MULLER

The North West Health Department has not yet received the test results of a man admitted to the Potchefstroom Hospital with high fever on Wednesday.
 
Spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane, however told OFM News this morning that it is highly unlikely that the 72-year old man has Congo Fever. Lekgethwane says after studying the man’s medical history, all indications are that he cannot have Congo Fever.

The man, who hails from a local farming community in Potchefstroom, was also not tested for Ebola as he was not at risk for the virus. Lekgethwane says the man was transferred to the Klerksdorp/Tshepong hospital complex where he was admitted to the isolation ward after suffering from a heavy cough and weakness.
 
These symptoms are indicative of a haemorrhagic fever, which are caused by a virus and damage the organs and arteries. Lekgethwane says he will have more information regarding the test results later this morning.