Congo Virus: Everything to know before Eid-ul-Adha Celebrations

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As Eid ul Adha approaches, the hype about Congo Virus gets more audible. On one side, parents are confused whether they should take their children to the cattle market or not. On the other hand, the children are fixated on choosing their cattle themselves.

Congo VirusCongo Virus is not a new buzz in the market. It almost always soars near Eid-ul-Adha Celebrations because of the increased Bakra Eid Shopping in urban districts. It’ll then be lost and gone till the next season.

Before we move on to the preventive measures, let’s have a little background of Congo Fever.

What is Congo Fever – What is it?

Congo Virus or CCHF (Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever) is an African disease that spreads through Hyalomma ticks. The disease is not fatal in animals; however, in humans, it can prove to be lethal.

It should be noted that the official health data of Congo Virus in Pakistan is not trustworthy as many deaths in rural areas go unreported. There are certain preventive measures and early diagnosis symptoms about Congo Virus that must be known by all to control its spread.

As a matter of fact, less than half of the people who contract this disease have died. So it’s really not as bad as you’re made to think.

Congo Virus Symptoms:-

  • It varies from person to person. However, the prominent symptoms are:
  • A flu-like condition in the first week.
  • The condition further deteriorates to hemorrhagic fever if the person is not treated properly. It includes aggression, mood swings, fever, red-eye, joint pain, vomiting, black stools, nosebleed and even emotional confusion.
  • Liver inflammation is next, followed by pain in the upper abdomen.
  • The patient may experience kidney failure, breathing problems, and rapid heart rate that can lead to a shock or low blood pressure if timely medical help isn’t available.
  • If treatment is sought, the condition can improve from the first week.

If similar symptoms are found, you should visit the nearest clinic. Timing plays a crucial role in preventing severe complications. The sooner you get treatment, the better it will be.

 Congo Virus Precautions:-

Sadly, there is no vaccine available for Congo Virus. However, implementing the following precautions can help a great deal:

  • Stay covered and wear bright colored clothes so you can detect ticks ASAP.
  • Use anti-tick spray on yourself and your cattle.
  • Avoid dirty areas; ticks tend to be widespread in such areas.
  • Hyalomma ticks can travel with cattle to urban dwellings from Bakra Mandi, so keep a sharp lookout for them.
  • Infected cattle depict abnormal behavior. If that is the case, see a local vet.
  • Avoid eating or drinking near animals.
  • Wear gloves & medical mask when in close proximity to the animals.
  • Don’t share utensils or any other equipment used by the animal.
  • Neutralize slaughtered meat by cooking. Dispose of unusable organs & blood as soon as possible.
  • Remain covered during Bakra Eid cattle shopping & other celebrations.

The virus is not endemic and if you stay careful you will not catch it.

Stay safe and enjoy Eid-ul-Adha Festivities to the maximum. wishes you a safe and healthy meatilicious Bakra Eid.


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