Deadly Congo Virus Claims Four Lives in KPK

As per the latest report from the Health Department, the Congo virus has claimed four lives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), affecting two residents and two Afghans. However, nine individuals have successfully recovered from the virus, transmitted through ticks. In the first seven months of this year, KP has reported a total of 14 Congo virus cases.

On a positive note, one patient has been discharged from the hospital after recovering in the past 24 hours, while another is currently receiving treatment at Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar. Meanwhile, Balochistan has also reported at least eight fatalities due to the Congo virus.

The virus, also known as Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF), can spread through ticks and can be transmitted to humans through animal blood or bodily fluids. Various livestock, including cattle, sheep, and goats, can carry the CCHF virus. Hospitals have also reported cases of CCHF transmission due to contaminated medical equipment, reused needles, and inadequate sterilization practices.

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