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Awareness drive begins as Congo virus cases rise in Balkh

Awareness drive begins as Congo virus cases rise in Balkh

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27 May 2023 - 20:05
Awareness drive begins as Congo virus cases rise in Balkh
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27 May 2023 - 20:05

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Ten people tested positive for Congo virus and two of them died of the disease during the past one week in northern Balkh province, an official said on Saturday.

Balkh Public Health director Dr. Najibullah Tawana,  who launched a campaign to raise awareness about Congo disease, said 10 positive cases of the disease were registered in Balkh Regional Hospital during the past one week and two of the patients lost battle for life.

He said the provincial Public Health Department began an awareness campaign to prevent the Congo disease and they were fully prepared to deal with the virus.

Tawana also asked people to adopt precautionary and  necessary measures to prevent the disease during Eidul Adha.

Meanwhile, doctors said fever, muscle and body aches, headache, and vomiting, as well as bleeding from the mouth, nose, or internal organs were symptoms of Congo fever.

Dr. Nabiullah Amiri, chief physician at the infectious diseases department of Balkh Regional Hospital, said Congo patients suffered from severe fever, headache and body aches in the first stage and in the second stage blood comes from the nose and mouth.

Amiri said the virus was transmitted to animals through ticks, then from animals to humans and from humans to humans through sexual contact and closeness.

Meanwhile, families of the Congo virus infected patients asked people to avoid contact with animals in order to stay safe from the virus.

Azizullah, a resident of Mazar-i-Sharif, said uncle Fakhruddin, who is butcher, has been suffering from the disease for several days.

He asked people to take recommendations of doctors seriously and also to stay away from animals.

The Ministry of Public Health says about 1,200 Congo virus cases have been registered in the country in the past year.

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