Yet another case of Congo virus reported in Karachi

Yet another case of Congo virus reported in Karachi

KARACHI: Yet another case of Congo virus surfaced in the city, taking the reported count of affected patients to nine.


According to reports, 23-year-old Salman was taken to Jinnah Hospital in the city after he showed symptoms of the virus.


So far in 2018, nine cases of Congo virus have been reported in Karachi. Out of the count two have died.


One of the deaths occurred in June, when a 19-year old man succumbed to the virus at Jinnah Hospital.


The patient was admitted for treatment after testing positive for the dreaded Congo Crimean Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), Director of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre Dr Seemin Jamali told Geo News.

The CCHF is caused by the Congo virus, which is found on a tick that attaches itself to the skin of cattle. People who come into contact with these infected ticks or animals can contract the viral disease, which is highly contagious and has a 40-50 per cent mortality rate.


The onset of CCHF is sudden, with initial signs and symptoms including headache, high fever, rashes, back pain, joint pain, stomach pain, and vomiting.


However, the tick-to-human transmission can be reduced by taking some precautionary measures.


For instance, people should wear protective clothing while going to places they fear would be having ticks. The clothes could also be light coloured so that ticks are easily detected.


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