Source: Daily Times

Congo fever claims life

RAWALPINDI: A Congo patient died at Islamabad's Shifa Hospital late Sunday. Arshad, 27, a resident of Hazro, Attock, was shifted to Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Hospital (BBSH) on Saturday evening with severe bleeding disorder. The doctors suspected him a case of deadly Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), also known as Congo, as his nose and throat bled profusely and nonstop. Relatives later took Arshad to Shifa Hospital but he decided Sunday night. Dr Bashir Malik, a spokesman for the BBSH, told Daily Times that the count of Arshad's blood platelets had alarmingly dropped to 2,000, adding a healthy person has 150,000 to 400,000 blood palettes. He said Arshad suffered from a severe form of bleeding disorder that he began bleeding when touched by a doctor. Dr Sultan, the district health officer of Attock – Congo patient's hometown – said he had learnt about the case six days ago. He said Arshad had a history of animal contact, as some of his family members were slaughterers by profession. He said human beings contracted Congo after getting in direct contact with blood of infected animals/persons. He said the patient was buried in his hometown Monday afternoon. terence j sigamony

Source: Daily Times

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