Photographed inside the Yirgalem prison, located in the Southern Nation and Nationality Peoples Region of Ethiopia, this image was captured during an Ethiopian Field Epidemiology Training Program (EFETP) tick-borne relapsing fever (TBRF) outbreak investigation, and depicts a number of prisoners receiving treatment for TBRF, which included the administration of intravenous fluids.
“Relapsing fever is bacterial infection characterized by recurring episodes of fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, and nausea. It is caused by certain species of Borrelia spirochetes. There are two types of relapsing fever:
- Tick-borne relapsing fever (TBRF)
- Louse-borne relapsing fever (LBRF)”
The FETP trains workers on the ground to help countries build sustainable capacity for detecting and responding to health threats. The program develops in-country expertise so that disease outbreaks can be detected locally and prevented from spreading.
For more on the subject of TBRF, or the FETP, please see the links below.