Sindh Reports First Case of Congo Virus


by Hamna Bano

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On Sunday, media reports declared that Sindh Health Department in Pakistan had confirmed the first case of Congo Virus in Karachi.

According to the health officials, a 28-year-old resident of North Nazimabad named Muhammad Adil visited Ziauddin Hospital on Thursday as an outpatient. 

The parliamentary secretary on health, Qasim Siraj Soomro said, “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”. 

He added that “the Health Department received the results on Sunday evening and immediately sent a team to Adil’s residence to bring him to the Infectious Disease Hospital.”


To add to that, it must be known that it is the very first case of Congo virus reported in the county this year. Medical experts have warned that this virus is very dangerous as it ends up causing bleeding at very early stages. 

Not to forget that the symptoms of the Congo virus are quite similar to those of dengue fever, but these are far more likely to turn into life-threatening symptoms. 

It has been encouraged by the Health Department to the citizens to take serious precautionary measures to avoid contracting this virus. Some of these include using insect repellents and wearing protective clothing. It has also been advised to avoid livestock or cattle if anyone is in regular contact.  

Congo virus, also known as Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever is primarily transmitted to human beings by ticks livestock, and cattle. This can cause severe muscle pain, internal bleeding, and vomiting. 

If noticed, the virus has a very high fatality rate and there is no vaccine or specific treatment for this virus available as of now.