We didn't require the following: After an increase in intestinal sickness cases was reported in a few parts of Mzansi, the NICD upped the alert this week.
You'd think that South Africa already had enough to deal with in terms of infectious diseases. Unfortunately, COVID-19 and intestinal illness have a few things in common, one of which is that neither of them can be stopped.
The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) has discovered that a flare-up of jungle fever has been accounted for in a few parts of the country, as the fourth rush of COVID-19 winds down in Mzansi.
Jungle fever season reaches its zenith around this time. So, between now and Autumn, there will be a lot more cases exposed - but how precisely would you be able to discern what sickness your body is afflicted with?
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That is, in fact, the case. Because the symptoms present themselves in a similar way, determining whether you have intestinal illness or COVID-19 is usually extremely challenging. People in Limpopo, KZN, and Mpumalanga have been put on 'alert' for the spread of the disease, and there's also a warning for travelers returning from Mozambique.
"Despite the fact that South Africa is in the midst of its peak intestinal sickness season, many cases are misdiagnosed as COVID-19. Both have similar early symptoms such as fever, chills, headaches, exhaustion, and muscle pain. Undiagnosed and untreated cases swiftly progress to a serious illness, with a potentially fatal outcome."
"Any individual with a fever or influenza-like illness who lives in the high-hazard areas of Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, or Mpumalanga, or who has traveled to an intestinal sickness hazard region, particularly Mozambique, in the previous month and a half, should be tested for intestinal sickness by blood smear microscopy or jungle fever quick symptomatic test for intestinal sickness."
The NICD is also advising patients not to dismiss a possible intestinal illness contamination because they haven't been anywhere near a 'endemic location.' Mosquitoes that carry it can travel long distances, usually by 'hitchhiking' in cars, vans, and buses, allowing the disease to spread in a few somewhat remote areas.
Odyssean or 'taxi intestinal sickness,' transmitted by bumming a ride mosquitoes, should be investigated in a patient with inexplicable fever who has not traveled to an endemic zone but is logically becoming more unhealthy and has a low platelet count.
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