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Biomedical Research and Therapy

, 3:39

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Re-Emergence of Congo Virus in Pakistan: Call for Preparedness

  • Tauseef AhmadAffiliated withDepartment of Microbiology, Hazara University Mansehra Email author 
  • , Muhmmad KhanAffiliated withCentre for Human Genetics,, Hazara University Mansehra
  • , Saqib MalikAffiliated withDepartment of Medicine,, Unit-A, Ayub Medical College

Abstract

Crimean-congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) once again re-emerged in Pakistan. In July 2016, 2 CCHF cases were reported from Lodhran and Bahawalpur districts of Pakistan. Later on the CCHF virus was also reported from other region of the country including Balochistan, Karachi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Till 22 August 2016, a total of 20 deaths were reported of which 12 from Balochistan, 5 from Karachi, 2 from Bahawalpur and 1 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Precautionary measurements and awareness is necessary to protect the normal individuals away from this fatal disease. The media, health department and government need to play their active role to stop the spread of CCHF in the country.

Keywords:

Crimean-congo hemorrhagic fever Pakistan Balochistan