Congo Virus in Pakistan on Eid-ul-Azha: Congo Virus, Symptoms, and Treatment. In the province of Pakistan Balochistan, the Congo virus has resulted in the deaths of at least six people this year, including women and children. The provincial health authorities have reported 35 cases of the Congo Virus.
The Congo Virus is mainly transmitted to humans through ticks found on livestock such as cattle. In Pakistan, Eid-ul-Adha is coming soon so many of us used to rush nearby animal markets for buying special ones to sacrifice this Eid. Excitement & Joy make us unaware of diseases, and viruses that exist there. Congo Virus becomes so common as it has taken hold on domestic and wild animals certain cases are reported in reference to CONGO VIRUS. Infected animals are transmitting this virus to other animals and humans.
What is Congo Virus?
Congo Virus known as Nairovirus is a member of the Bunyaviridae family of RNA viruses that is transmitted through blood or other fluids from the infected animals and humans. Its main agent is Tick which flew from one to another and there starts incubating period ranges from 1-3 days or 9 days.
Congo Virus Transmission:
During this year 2016, many cases are reported which become the reason for lethal death. Congo Virus is called as Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever in medical terms. It is transmitted through ticks from one infected animal to another and the same is the case with humans.
Symptoms of Congo Virus:
- Symptoms of Congo Virus in humans:
- muscle ache
- neck pain
- abdominal pain
- liver enlargement.
- fast heart rate
- enlarged lymph nodes
- rash in the mouth & on the skin.
- kidney deterioration
- liver failure
- Lungs failure
Treatment of Congo Virus:
Congo Virus is treated by the antiviral drug Ribavirin which must start immediately after the virus detection. However, recovery is slow.
Precaution to Avoid Congo Virus Infection:
The health departments in Pakistan urged citizens to take preventive measures to avoid Congo virus infection. People visiting the cattle market need to wear protective clothing and use repellent products when near cattle or other livestock to avoid contracting the virus.