Congo virus claims nine lives in Quetta


QUETTA – Atleast nine people have been killed by the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in Quetta.

According to details, 84 patients have been brought in Quetta’s Fatima Jinnah General and Chest Hospital in the ongoing year.

Atleast 22 of them has been confirmed with the disease whereas three are still under treatment.

One of the affected patients Habibullah is said to be in better condition while the blood test samples of two others have been sent to Karachi.

They include Qila Saifullah’s 30-year-old Rehmatullah and Quetta’s 35-year-old Amanullah.

Fatima Jinnah General and Chest Hospital is the only centre in Balochistan to treat Congo virus where a large number of patients arrive not only from the far flung areas of the province but also from neighboring country Afghanistan.

Despite of the consecutive cases of Congo virus, no laboratory is present in the hospital for its identification.

The hospital administration has warned that eight districts of the province are vulnerable to the disease.

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