Thursday, November 29, 2007

RVF in the Comoros

Sorry to post again so soon, but I was on ProMed mail and a new report of a case of Rift Valley Fever was just reported in the Comoro Islands. Only one case, a 12-year old boy from Grande Comore Island, has been reported so far – he is currently in the hospital in critical condition, although the onset of his symptoms began 3 months ago and was confirmed as RVF in September. Health officials are working hard to improve surveillance on the islands, especially in indigenous animal populations on Grand Comore and other islands. The boy had not previously traveled to East Africa or any other location where there are current RVF epidemics, so it is suspected that he caught the disease from local livestock. This has not yet been confirmed, but samples from various animal populations in the islands have been collected and sent for testing.

- Claire,F2400_P1001_PUB_MAIL_ID:1000,40260

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