Alerts

Alerts



COVID-19 Antibody Test

Jan 31, 2021 | Chemical Pathology

Covid-19

Ampath would like to inform you of the availability of a new SARS-CoV-2 antibody test. This test may be used to determine whether a patient has previously been exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19....

COVID-19 Infection In The Workplace

Sep 01, 2020 | Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases alert

Implement the most current version of regulations on health and safety measures to reduce and eliminate the escalation of COVID-19 infections in the workplace, as determined by the Department of Employment and Labour. Refer to the National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH) at www.nioh.ac.za for detailed resources....

Cutaneous Manifestations Of Covid-19

Aug 01, 2020 | Chemical Pathology

SARS-CoV2, the cause of COVID-19, was identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China, in December 2019. Its unrepentant worldwide spread led to the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring a worldwide pandemic in early March 2020....

Antibody Testing - The Missing Weapon

Jul 08, 2020 | Chemical Pathology

Covid-19

The global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and Covid-19 disease have challenged humanity in many ways. It has also changed the health profession. One example is how laboratory professionals, clinicians, scientists and technical staff moved from their usual role of providing ancillary information to primary clinicians and public health experts to centre stage....

WHO: Updates On Coronavirus

Jan 31, 2020 | Chemical Pathology

Covid-19

On this website you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. Please visit this page for daily updates....

Increasing Cases Of Coronavirus

Jan 27, 2020 | Chemical Pathology

Covid-19

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, notes the increase in the number of novel coronavirus (2019-NCOV) cases that have spread across parts of the world....

Update On Outbreak In Wuhan

Jan 21, 2020 | Chemical Pathology

On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) China country office reported a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. The cause has since been confirmed as a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)....

No Cases Of Ebola In South Africa

Nov 14, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) can confirm that in South Africa, there is no case of Ebola nor has the NICD been asked to test for a suspected sample of Ebola from neighbouring countries....

No Listeriosis Outbreak: Oct 2019

Oct 15, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

There is no evidence of an outbreak of listeriosis. The number of cases reported since the official end of the 2017/2018 listeriosis outbreak is well within the expected range for sporadic disease....

Measles Outbreak In Rustenburg

Oct 11, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

Three laboratory-confirmed measles cases were detected in Rustenburg sub-district, Bojanala Platinum district in North West province within a period of four weeks....

A Call To End Rabies By 2030

Oct 01, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

Rabies is a fatal viral infection of the brain that is transmitted from infected animals to humans. Rabies is a progressive disease and once a person starts developing symptoms it usually takes no more than two weeks for them to slip into a coma and die....

Malaria Update: September 2019

Sep 05, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

The traditional malaria season in southern Africa is from Sept to May, but cases occur throughout the year....

Ebola Update: 1 August 2019

Aug 01, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

The risk for introduction of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) related to the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo....

Ebola Considered Low Risk To SA

Jul 19, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

The risk of spread of Ebola to South Africa remains low according to risk assessments conducted by the Department of Health....

Influenza Season Declining

Jul 19, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

The 2019 South African influenza season, which started towards the end of April, has started to decline....

Update On Influenza Season: Jun '19

Jun 25, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

As is expected during the influenza season, there has been a marked increase in cases of influenza in the community as well as people seeking care for influenza-like illness at health care facilities....

Confirmed Case Of Ebola In Uganda

Jun 13, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

The Ugandan Ministry of Health (UMoH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have confirmed a case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Uganda on 11 June 2019. This update reflects on the implications of the case for South Africa....

No Influenza Outbreak In SA

Jun 11, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

The 2019 South African influenza season, which started towards the end of April, is ongoing. Transmission of influenza has reached high levels in the Viral Watch programme; however, the increase in influenza cases is a normal expected increase that takes place in winter....

Influenza Season 2019: Vaccination

Jun 07, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

The 2019 South African influenza season, which started towards the end of April, is ongoing. Transmission of influenza has reached high levels in the Viral Watch programme....

Anthrax Outbreak In Lesotho

May 29, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

Since 12th May 2019, three anthrax outbreaks have been reported in the Maseru district of Lesotho. This update details the outbreaks as well as measures to prevent human exposure in South Africa....

Influenza Season Has Started

May 15, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

The 2019 influenza season has started. Every year during winter months, May to August, South Africa experiences an increase in influenza circulation called the influenza season....

Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever

May 14, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

A case of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) was confirmed in a 54-year-old man from the Ventersdorp surrounds, North West province in the first week of May 2019....

SA Field Epidemiology Training

May 07, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

The South African Field Epidemiology Training Programme (SAFETP) is requesting applications for the incoming 2020 class from qualified health professionals....

Malaria

Apr 29, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

Series of videos on causes of malaria, malaria diagnosis, risk factors, misconceptions, malaria medication, side effects, and travelling....

World Malaria Day

Apr 26, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

World Malaria Day takes place on 25 April each year. It is an internationally recognised day, highlighting the global efforts to control malaria and celebrate the gains that have been made. Since 2000, the world has made historic progress against malaria, saving millions of lives....

Influenza Season Notice

Apr 26, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

Although the 2019 influenza season has not yet started, there has been an increase in the detection of influenza in specimens submitted to the NICD through the outpatient respiratory infections monitoring programmes....

Mosquitoes: Temperatures and Pollution

Apr 24, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

Report looking at three key aspects: the effect of human activity on mosquito biology, what impact changes in climate are having on the efficacy of insecticides aimed at malaria vectors, and what the effect of higher temperatures is on the major malaria vector....

The DRC’s Ebola Outbreak

Apr 08, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

The DRC’S Ebola outbreak has all the makings of a humanitarian crisis. By the beginning of April, almost 700 people have succumbed to the disease, making this the second worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded....

Cholera Alert For Health Care Workers

Apr 03, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

The World Health Organization has confirmed an outbreak of cholera in Beira, the city hardest hit by Cyclone Idai, in Mozambique. As of 1 April, a total of 1 052 cases of cholera have been reported by the Ministry of Health, and more are expected since >128 000 people are living in temporary shelters with unsafe water supply and poor sanitation and are at high risk of infection. An oral cholera vaccination campaign will start this week....

Malaria Alert For Travellers

Mar 29, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

As we approach the holiday season, many will be travelling to malaria-endemic areas within South Africa and to neighbouring malaria-endemic countries. The map (below) indicates the three malaria-endemic provinces (northeastern Limpopo, eastern Mpumalanga, and northern KwaZulu-Natal) in South Africa....

Increase In Enteroviral Meningitis

Mar 26, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

An increase in the number of enteroviral meningitis cases has been reported from the Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces since November 2018. All reported cases have resolved spontaneously and there have been no deaths. Enteroviral meningitis is a mild form of meningitis due to an enterovirus infections which include echo- and coxsackie viruses. Enteroviral meningitis is unrelated to serious meningitis infections caused by bacterial organisms....

World TB Day 2019

Mar 13, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

The World Health Organisation estimates that 124,000 people died of TB in South Africa in 2016 (about 330 daily)....

Flu Season Is Around The Corner

Mar 13, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

Pathology

As in other temperate Southern and Northern Hemisphere countries, South Africa experiences seasonal influenza epidemics every winter....

Preventing STIs

Mar 04, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a serious public health issue. It’s estimated that globally, more than a million people are diagnosed with one or more sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhoea, chlamydia or syphilis every day....

The Ebola Vaccine In The DRC

Mar 01, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

Report detailing the use of the experimental Ebola vaccine to contain the outbreak in the DRC....

Ebola Virus Outbreak In Congo

Mar 01, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

The second largest Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak recorded to date, is being reported from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The country was affected by EVD earlier in 2018, when 54 cases of EVD with 33 deaths were reported from the Équateur Province, located towards the western border of the country....

Alert For Returning Travellers

Mar 01, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

Pathology

The end of year festive season is a popular time for many people to travel, visiting friends and family. Health care providers and travellers returning from within the southern Africa region and further afield should be aware of the infectious disease risks related to travel....

Cholera Preparedness For SA Travellers

Mar 01, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

The most recent bulletin posted by the World Health Organization’s African regional office reports ongoing cholera outbreaks in seven African countries, including Zimbabwe, Angola, Tanzania, Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo....

Seasonal Malaria Increase In Progress

Feb 01, 2019 | Chemical Pathology

Malaria cases in South Africa are increasing as expected during the summer months. As at the end of October 2018, more than 16 000 cases with 110 deaths have been reported. This is fewer than during the large upsurge in malaria seen in the 2017- 2018 season....

Salmonella Cases In KwaZulu-Natal

Nov 16, 2018 | Chemical Pathology

During October and November 2018, certain private sector laboratories have reported an increase in Salmonella cases in KwaZulu-Natal Province. Salmonella was also the most likely cause of two recent foodborne disease outbreaks reported from eThekwini Municipality. Salmonella bacteria normally live in the guts of animals, including chicken, cattle, pigs and reptiles. People can become infected with Salmonella through eating contaminated food products such as meat, chicken, dairy and eggs!!...

Surviving Polio Documentary

Oct 04, 2018 | Chemical Pathology

Surviving Polio is a documentary film about the success story of Polio survivors from South Africa....