Eight Died of Congo Virus in Afghanistan: Health Ministry

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) officials on Monday confirmed outbreak of a fatal virus in Afghanistan that has claimed lives of eight people so far this year.

The Crimean–Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus have been reported and confirmed in Kabul, Herat, Nangarhar, Helmand and Nuristan provinces, MoPH spokesman Wahidullah Mayar told TOLOnews.

About 35 suspected cases have been registered since the start of 2015, he continued.

“We are fully prepared for the treatment of this disease,” Mayar stated. “But the people have less awareness of the virus. They must visit the doctors after they feel the symptoms.”

The symptoms of the virus included diarrhea, vomiting, bloody urine, headache, high fever, back pain, joint pain and stomach pain.

A resident of Kabul, Saleh, who is admitted to Antani Infectious Disease Hospital, is suspected to have Congo virus.

Saleh, who is a butcher, said he fell sick about 20 days ago after having severe fever and bleeding.

“I fell sick. I have severe muscle soreness and bleeding,” he complained.

According to the doctors, Congo fever is a tick-borne infectious disease which is mainly transferred to humans from pets. It is also transferred from touching animal’s blood.

However, the doctors say Congo Virus is a curable disease.

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