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Another virus may spread during Eid-ul-Adha in Pakistan


Gulmeena HamidWeb Editor

01st July, 2020
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On Wednesday, the National Institute of Health (NIH) predicted that after Covid-19 another virus may spread during Eid-ul-Adha if necessary precautions are not taken before time. 

In addition to bringing the economy to a halt, the COVID-19 has already taken a toll on the country with more than 4000 fatalities and infections among 200,000 people.

According to NIH instructions, on the occasion of Eid ul Adha, there are chances that the Congo virus could spread within the country.

“It is necessary to take preventive measures timely to tackle the spread of Congo virus,” said the directives.

Nevertheless, it said spreading the virus could be easily stopped by taking preventive steps.

It is important to note here that the advisory was issued on the occasion of Eid ul Adha, which is a major source of the Congo virus outbreak, ahead of the establishment of cattle markets in the region.

The disease is caused when a tick attaches itself to cattle ‘s skin and when that infected tick or animal comes into contact with humans, the highly contagious virus is transmitted to the human body and the person becomes ill.

Headache, high fever, rashes, back pain, joint pain, stomach pain, and vomiting are the initial symptoms of Congo fever.

Karachi recorded at least 20 Congo-virus fatalities by November 2019. A man who had been infected with the deadly Congo virus died in a hospital in Karachi on 11 November.

Last year the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) also issued directives to hospitals, ordering management to take special precautions for a patient affected by the congo.

The KMC ‘s letter also asked hospitals to set up special wards for congo patients and to run awareness campaigns on the virus.

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