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The City of Tshwane has labelled social media reports of a cholera outbreak in northern parts of the metro municipality as fake news. 

The matter was reportedly investigated along with another possible outbreak of eye infections (pink eye) in Pretoria West and no cases of cholera could be confirmed and pink eye outbreak appears to be fake. 

CITY OF TSHWANE REFUTES CHOLERA OUTBREAK 

In May this year, five laboratory confirmed cases of measles were reported in the City of Tshwane. From December 2021 to date, 26 typhoid cases were also reported in Tshwane 

City of Tshwane MMC for Health, Rina Marx said her department is ready and equipped to attend to health emergencies or outbreaks of notifiable diseases. 

Marx said healthcare workers are also closely monitoring any possible notifiable disease outbreak. 

“Residents are encouraged to contact their nearest public health facility when they have concerns and need clarity about health issues. 

“Furthermore, if a person presents symptoms of a notifiable disease, they should report to their nearest clinic as soon as possible to get the correct diagnosis and treatment.” 

Rina Marx

MONKEYPOX IN SA LATEST

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirmed Limpopo’s first case of Monkeypox, a 42-year-old tourist from Switzerland who is currently on holiday in the province. South Africa recorded its first two cases in Gauteng and the Western Cape on 22 and 28 June, respectively.

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Tshwane cholera outbreak
Monkeypox as it appears under the microscope – Photo: Cynthia S. Goldsmith / Russell Regner / CDC/ AP

The risk of monkeypox to the general South African public is considered low, said the NICD. However, healthcare workers should be on the lookout for patients that display an unexplained acute rash or skin lesions AND one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Acute onset of fever (>38.5°C)
  •  Lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph nodes)
  • Myalgia (muscle pain/body aches)
  • Backache

The symptoms above can also be caused by the following illnesses (therefore they must be ruled out): chickenpox, measles, bacterial skin infections, syphilis, molluscum contagiosum, allergic reactions and other locally relevant common cause of papular or vesicular rash.

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