53 Congo virus cases detected in Herat this year
Congo, called Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF), is an infectious disease caused by a tick-borne virus. The disease is named so because it was first described in Crimea (1944) and identified properly in Congo (1956).
It is transferred by ticks, mostly from Hyaloma genus, to both domestic animals and humans. It is similar to other viral hemorrhagic fevers, including dengue and Ebola.
Herat Zonal Hospital spokesmanMohammad Rafiq Sherzai told Pajhwok Afghan News five people had died of the disease in the province since the start of the current solar year.
“We have registered 58 positive Congo cases this year while five of the affected people, including women, have lost their lives,” he said.
Ghulam Sarwar, a Congo fever-affected man at the Zonal Hospital, said, “I am a worker. I came to the district hospital when I saw some black wounds on my feet. Later doctors referred me to the Zonal Hospital for my treatment.”
Habibullah, another patient, said: “When I was slaughtering a sheep,my hands and feet were stained with blood. Some days later, I felt pain in my body and came to hospital. Doctors told me I have caught Congo fever.”
Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, sore throat and diarrhoea are some of the symptoms and rashes may also result from mouth and throat bleeding.
Five cases of the virus have also been registered in southern Ghazni province. Two of the affected people lost their lives in the province this year.
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