By Meggan McCarthy
Three people in Johannesburg have died from viral haemorrhagic fevers in northern Johannesburg to date, while 94 people are being treated after coming into contact with the unknown virus.
Health authorities suspect that the mystery virus could be Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) and blood samples have been sent to the Centre for Disease Control in Atlanta, USA for further assistance.
There is currently no vaccine, so the best chance for survival is for people to seek medical attention as early as possible. The virus can only be passed via body fluids. “You can only get infected from blood, urine or stools from an infected patient,” said spokesperson Melinda Pelser.
Symptoms of the virus include diarrhoea, muscle pain, rashes and a high fever.