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Atypical presentation of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever: Lessons learned

H J Krüger, R de Wet, L H Blumberg, J Weyer, F G Lemke

Abstract


An atypical case of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever is presented. The diagnosis of the case in the presence of several comorbidities was complicated and illustrates the importance of maintaining a high index of suspicion for viral haemorrhagic fever in cases presenting with multisystem disease and an epidemiological history that could present opportunities for exposure to a haemorrhagic fever virus.


Authors' affiliations

H J Krüger, Department of Emergency Medicine, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital, Kimberley, South Africa

R de Wet, Department of Emergency Medicine, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital, Kimberley, South Africa

L H Blumberg, Centre for Emerging Zoonotic and Parasitic Diseases, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, National Health Laboratory Service, Johannesburg, South Africa

J Weyer, Centre for Emerging Zoonotic and Parasitic Diseases, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, National Health Laboratory Service, Johannesburg, South Africa

F G Lemke, Department of Emergency Medicine, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital, Kimberley, South Africa; Division of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Keywords

Emergency medicine; Emergency Centre; Crimean-Congo viral haemorrhagic fever; Haemorrhagic fever; Fever; Bleeding tendency; South Africa; Northern Cape

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2019;109(2):91-94. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2019.v109i2.13477

Article History

Date submitted: 2019-01-31
Date published: 2019-01-31

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