Death toll from Congo virus climbs to 10 in Quetta

QUETTA:One more patient on Friday lost his life to the lethal Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in Quetta.According to details, 84 patients have been brought in Quetta’s Fatima Jinnah General and Chest Hospital in the ongoing year.

Atleast 22 of them has been confirmed with the disease whereas three are still under treatment.One of the affected patients 55-year-old Rehmatullah was under treatment but could not recover and died taking the death toll to 10 in the provincial capital.

Fatima Jinnah General and Chest Hospital is the only centre in Balochistan to treat Congo virus where a large number of patients arrive not only from the far flung areas of the province but also from neighboring country Afghanistan.Despite of the consecutive cases of Congo virus, no laboratory is present in the hospital for its identification.

The hospital administration has warned that eight districts of the province are vulnerable to the disease.Two cases of Congo virus in Karachi and five in Rawalpindi have been reported whereas one person has died.



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