First Congo virus case confirmed in city



The Sindh health department has confirmed this year’s first case of the life-threatening Congo virus in Karachi.According to health officials, Muhammad Adil, a 28-year-old resident of Nazimabad, visited the Ziauddin Hospital as an outpatient on Thursday this week. Qasim Siraj Soomro, the parliamentary secretary on health, told media that the health facility took samples from the patient and sent them to the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH), where the laboratory results confirmed that he had contracted the Congo virus.

Soomro said the health dept received the results on Sunday evening and immediately sent a team to Adil’s residence to bring him to the Infectious Disease Hospital. This is the first case of Congo virus in the country this year, and medical experts have warned that the virus is very dangerous as it can cause bleeding at very early stages.