Infectious Diseases of South Africa


By Stephen Berger

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Infectious Diseases of South Africa is one in a series of GIDEON ebooks which summarize the status of individual infectious diseases, in every country of the world. Data are based on the GIDEON web application ( which relies on standard text books, peer-review journals, Health Ministry reports and ProMED, supplemented by an ongoing search of the medical literature.Chapters are arranged alphabetically, by disease name. Each chapter is divided into four sections:1. Descriptive epidemiology2. Summary of clinical features3. Status of the disease in South Africa4. ReferencesA chapter outlining the routine vaccination schedule of South Africa follows the diseases chapters.There are 354 generic infectious diseases in the world today. 229 of these are endemic, or potentially endemic, to South Africa. A number of other diseases are not relevant to South Africa and have not been included in this book.In addition to endemic diseases, all published data regarding imported diseases and infection among expatriates from South Africa are included.

Infectious Diseases of South Africa