Amid apprehensions of Congo Virus spread ahead of the Eid ul Adha the
federal health experts have prepared an advisory for protection from the disease.
According to media repotrs, the experts of the National Institute of Health have prepared the special
advisory with regard to the Congo hemorrhagic fever, to provide information to medical professionals as
well as general public.
Possibility of Congo Virus infection increases in Eid ul Adha days, owing to countrywide transportation of
cattle and increasing human contact with animals, according to the federal advisory.
Concerned departments should take timely precautionary measures in cattle markets and other places
across the country for protection from the Congo virus.
The health officials have advised general public to ensure that their sacrificial animals have been free
from the tick causes the virus infection. They also advised people to use germicides after consultation
with the livestock department.
The health authorities have alerted the people with precautionary instructions who used to visit cattle
The disease is caused when a tick attaches itself to the skin of cattle and when that infected tick or
animal comes in contact with people, the highly contagious virus is transmitted into the human body
and the person falls ill.
The initial symptoms of Congo hemorrhagic fever include headache, high fever, rashes, back pain, joint
pain, stomach pain and vomiting.
The death rate of Congo hemorrhagic fever patients has been 10 to 40 percent, according to the federal