S Muhammad Ahsan Ali
Crimean–Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a widespread tick-borne viral disease that is endemic in Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East and Asia. The virus is a member of the Bunyaviridae family of RNA viruses. It is a zoonotic disease carried by several domestic and wild animals.
Congo virus is mostly found in animals. Congo virus is caused by a very small insect whose single bite may lead to death for any person. As this is Eid ul Azha season and many people sacrifice animals and celebrate Eid. In Karachi Asia’s biggest cattle farm is established along super highway and a very large number of people visit cattle farm and purchase animals from there. Every one should be aware of the symptoms of Congo virus, in 75% of cases; however, signs appear within 3-5 days of the onset of illness in case of bad containment of the first symptoms: first mood instability, agitation, mental confusion and throat petechiae; and soon after nose bleeds, vomiting and black stools.
Every one should practice precautions in order to avoid this ailment. One should not visit cattle farm without any important reason and use surgical mask when they visit. Do not touch cattle again and again. Stay away from them as much as you can. Government should take some important measures in cattle farm, vaccination of cattle and enforce emergency in hospitals.