14 cases of Congo registered during Eid days

Afghan health authorities said that during three days of Eid al-Adha 14 people affected with Congo fever as one died.
Talking to media, the chief physician of Kabul Infectious Diseases Hospital Dr, Murad Mamozai said, the number of Congo affected people has increased than the previous years.
“This number may increase further because Congo affected people were brought to other hospitals too but we have sufficient resources for treatment of this disease,” he added.
Prior to this, the MoPH authorities had expressed concern on outbreaking of Congo disease in the country. A report of MoPH released just shortly before the advent of Eid al-Adha said that in 2018 over 249 people were affected with Congo disease in 10 provinces of Afghanistan out of which 34 died.
Based on MoPH data, last year 240 positive cases of Congo fever were registered in the country out of which 50 people died.
Congo disease transmits through different ways during slaughtering of animals or after that during contact of people with contaminated blood of animals.
Talking on this issue, Dr. Attiqullah Moshfeque said, often livestock breeders, butchers and veterinarians are affected with this disease who are in close and permanent contact with animals but sometimes this disease transmits through blood to human kind too, addingit should be prevented.
He added, severe fever, headache, muscles pain, red eyes, fear of light, womb pain, stomach pain, diarrhea, etc are signs of Congo in human being. In case of appearing of thesesigns, the patients should be immediately transferred to a health center.
Medical experts say that those who contact the animals must use gloves and special clothes.
Naim a resident of Kabul who was affected with Congo disease, said, in Arafa day I had gone to Market to purchase a sheep, after return home, I felt pain in my body and had fever. I immediately went to a doctor and received prescription and recovered.According to him, Congo is a dangerous disease.
Shukria Kohistani

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