In Karachi, Qamar Shah, 17-year-old boy was diagnosed with the disease of Congo virus during the initial medical examination tests after being admitted at a hospital in Nazimabad area on Sunday.
On February 11, the first case of Congo virus was reported in the metropolis as a woman, Tazeem Faizan, had been brought to Jinnah Hospital in critical condition.
In 2018, at least 16 deaths had been reported in Karachi from the life-threatening virus, whereas, 41 patients majorly from Quetta and Balochistan were diagnosed with it.
arlier, on July 25, a Congo virus alert was issued for the metropolis, which stipulated precautionary instructions for all visitors to livestock farms.
The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) sent the alert to hospitals, urging management to take special precautions for a patient affected by Congo.
The KMC letter also asked hospitals to establish special rooms for Congo patients and carry out awareness campaigns on the virus through banners and posters.
The disease is caused when a tick attaches itself to the skin of cattle and when that infected tick or animal comes in contact with people, the highly contagious virus is transmitted into the human body and the person falls ill.
This disease has a 40-50 percent mortality rate.
The initial symptoms of Congo fever include headache, high fever, rashes, back pain, joint pain, stomach pain and vomiting.
People should wear light-colored and airy clothes while going to cattle farms. Use of mask and gloves is also recommended while touching animals.
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14 September, 2019