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Hospital moves swiftly to investigate cause of illness

Netcare Olivedale Hospital today reported that two members of the same family died at the hospital from an illness, the cause of which is not currently known

Monday, September 6 2010

Netcare Olivedale Hospital today reported that two members of the same family died at the hospital from an illness, the cause of which is not currently known.

A number of tests have been conducted, none of which have positively identified the cause of the illness. Additional diagnostic investigations are currently underway, including a number of specialised tests for viral infection. Results of these are anticipated within the next week.

Management at the hospital expressed their deepest condolences to the family for their tragic loss. The hospital has requested that the privacy of the family please be respected during this difficult time.

While there are no other suspected cases, the hospital is leaving nothing to chance. Since medical staff became aware of the possible illness, all necessary processes and procedures have, as per protocol, been adhered to.

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service is involved in the investigation. Casual contact with family, friends, hospital staff or previous casual contact with the deceased does not pose a risk. Precautionary measures are being taken and all close contacts and medical personnel are being monitored. No one is in quarantine. No other cases have been recorded and all close contacts are well.

It has been established that neither of the deceased had recently travelled outside of the country, although they both had contact with wildlife.

The hospital reassured the public that, as always, everything necessary is being done to ensure the safety and wellbeing of patients, healthcare professionals and hospital staff members.

Meetings between the NICD, the Department of Health and hospital management have taken place and will continue on a daily basis.

Please note that this statement will be updated before 15h00 every day.

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Issued by: Martina Nicholson Associates (MNA) on behalf of Netcare Olivedale Hospital
Contact: Martina Nicholson, Graeme Swinney or Clementine Eccles
Telephone: (011) 469 3016
Email: martina@mnapr.co.za or Graeme@mnapr.co.za

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