Congo virus claims another victim in Quetta

QUETTA: A woman succumbed to Congo virus in Quetta on Saturday, taking the death toll from the virus to 19 in the country this year.


The woman, named Fatima Bibi, was under treatment at Quetta’s Fatimah Jinnah TB sanatorium hospital. She had been brought to Quetta from the Kandahar area of Afghanistan three days ago when she had been suspected of carrying the virus and had been admitted to the hospital.

Fatima Bibi’s blood samples had been sent to laboratory, where they were confirmed to be affected by the virus. She died late Saturday.

12 people have died of the virus in Balochistan this year.

Death toll from the Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever or Congo virus in Pakistan has climbed to 19 this year, with five deaths reported in Karachi, twelve in Quetta and two in Bahawalpur.

On Friday, a 22-year-old patient Allah Ditta had died at the Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre (JPMC) in Karachi.

With Eid-ul-Azha almost upon us, health experts are advising citizens to take special preventive measures to avoid contracting the virus.