CHITRAL: Gul Hamad Farooqi
Congo virus was found an Afghan refugee who is working as a butcher. According to District Health Officer Dr Iftikharuddin an Afghan refugee Sabir Noori who belong to Pansher of Afghanistan and settled at Booni Chitral who selling meat was found congo affected. A suspected Congo virus case has been reported to a local hospital but results of the laboratory tests on samples collected from the patient to confirm the disease are awaited. He was sent twice to Peshawar for laboratory test and Congo virus found in his blood.
The suspected patient is said to be an Afghan national and works in Booni as a butcher. Taking notice of the case, Assistant Commissioner Mastuj Inayatullah sealed two butcher shops in the Booni bazaar in the presence of the medical superintendent of the tehsil headquarters (THQ) hospital Booni.
The butchers were directed to get all their family members tested in the THQ or other hospitals.
The Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) is a widespread tick-borne viral disease that affects human. It is endemic in Africa, Asia – particularly Central Asia and eastern and southern Europe. There is no specific treatment or vaccine for CCHF which is considered an emerging zoonotic disease in many countries.
CCHF can spread from the bite of an infected tick, contact with the blood or bodily secretions of infected animals and from infected humans to other humans.
It is an occupational hazardous disease; livestock farmers, abattoir workers, butchers and veterinary and para-veterinary staff are at high risk of contracting the disease.
Source told this scribe that the said Afghan refugee came from Thailand to Chitral (Booni) Pakistan six months ago. He was fell ill 20 days ago and was referred to Peshawar hospital.
On confirmation of Congo virus in Afghan refugee people of Chitral feel fear and demanded from the authorities to send special medical teams to ascertain and diagnose other people living in surrounding so as to overcome on spreading of this virus to other people and save their live