Another Congo patient dies in Karachi

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Staff Reporter
,Karachi—Another Congo virus patient died at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center on Sunday, in late night hours, raising the number of deaths from the deadly disease in Karachi to nine.
Joint Executive Director, JPMC, Dr Seemin Jamali, said 36-year-old woman Samina, a resident of Hyderabad, died of Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever. The patient was brought to the hospital´s Emergency Department in night hours and was later moved to isolation ward for treatment, where she died after an hour.
She was suffering from Congo fever. This was third death reported in the institution. A total nine deaths have been reported in hospitals of Karachi out of which six in private hospital and three in Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center.
According to officials, three of the patients were from Karachi, two each from Bahawalpur and Afghanistan, one from Hyderabad and one from elsewhere in Sindh, respectively. Over 71 Congo patients admitted to hospitals in Karachi this year.
Health experts said Congo fever is a deadly viral disease that spreads through tick-bite found on animals and people who deal with dairy farming and livestock are likely to get infected and carry the virus. The Congo infected person can infect other people; therefore, precautionary measures are necessary for people who deal animals.

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