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Congo virus kills 8 persons: MoPH

Congo virus kills 8 persons: MoPH

Jul 05, 2015 - 18:11

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Healthinfo-icon (MoPH) on Saturday said of 10 patients infected by Congo virus, eight of them have been died in recent days.

Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is caused by infection with a tick-borne virus (Nairovirus) in the family Bunyaviridae. The disease was first characterized in the Crimea in 1944 and given the name Crimean hemorrhagic fever.

The onset of CCHF is sudden, with initial signs and symptoms including headache, high fever, back pain, joint pain, stomach pain, and vomiting. Red eyes, a flushed face, a red throat, and petechiae (red spots) on the palate are common.

The MoPH spokesman Dr. Wahidullah Mayar said that 35 suspected cases of virus have been detected in Kabul, Nangarhar, Herat, Helmand and Nuristan provinces where 10 of the cases had been confirmed.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News that one case was detected in Paghman district of Kabul while rests were in other mentioned provinces.

A week ago, Pajhwok Afghan News published a report about the proven signs of the virus detected in various parts of the country, but the MoPH had rejected the report.

Mayar about Pajhwok Afghan News report said: “There was misunderstanding among relevant MoPH departments and we gave you wrong information.”

The MoPH spokesman said that 18 of Congo virus cases had recorded in 2013 and six of the cases were registered in 2014.

He added that there was no serious concern about the virus in Afghanistaninfo-icon, but the MoPH has started investigation to uproot the disease.



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