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Johannesburg - Rift Valley Fever (RVF) has claimed the lives of nine people in South Africa, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday.
Spokesperson Charity Bhengu said in a statement that five of the people were from the Free State and the others from the Northern Cape.
She said a total of 139 confirmed RVF cases have been reported by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases since February 13.
Rift Valley Fever (RVF) is a viral zoonosis (affects primarily domestic livestock, but can be passed to humans) causing fever. It is spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes, typically the Aedes or Culex genera. The disease is caused by the RVF virus, a member of the genus Phlebovirus (family Bunyaviridae). The disease was first reported among livestock in Kenya around 1915, but the virus was not isolated until 1931. RVF outbreaks occur across sub-Saharan Africa, with outbreaks occurring elsewhere infrequently (but sometimes severely - in Egypt in 1977-78, several million people were infected and thousands died during a violent epidemic. In Kenya in 1998, the virus claimed the lives of over 400 Kenyans. In September 2000 an outbreak was confirmed in Saudi Arabia and Yemen).
THE Health Department has assured visiting soccer World Cup fans that they are not in danger of contracting Rift Valley Fever.
“Visitors will be at risk if they handled infected carcasses on farms or handled raw meat from infected animals,” the department said.
Spokesperson Charity Bhengu said: “The National Institute of Communicable Diseases laboratory has reported that there is a total of 149 confirmed human cases of Rift Valley Fever.
“Of these, 100 cases are from Free State, 38 cases from Northern Cape, eight from the Eastern Cape, one from North West and two whose history is still unknown.
Originally posted by deltaalphanovember
reply to post by jazz10
I respectfully differ on your opinion of the WC 2010 in SA - I think it will be a great success but obviously compared to the shows put on by richer countries, it may be regarded as a dissapointment (fewer fireworks, less glitz and glamour) ..
Officials in South Africa, the host of the 2010 World Cup from June 11 to July 11, have reported 172 human cases of the animal viral disease this year, including 15 deaths, it said.
Many tourists visit South Africa's game parks and the WHO warned visitors to avoid contact with dead animals -- another way of catching the disease.
A female German tourist who visited game reserves was confirmed as having the disease upon return from South Africa last month, the WHO said in a statement. Three other travelers fell ill with similar symptoms but all four have recovered.
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries also advised hunters planning to hunt in Namibia and bring the meat back to SA to contact the country’s veterinary authorities .
The department said all veterinary import permits already issued for the commodities that it banned yesterday would be “considered to be cancelled” until further notice.
The industries include live Rift Valley fever-susceptible ruminants such as game animals, raw milk, venison, beef, mutton and goat meat not slaughtered at SA- approved abattoirs.