LAHORE: A citizen affected with Congo virus passed away at Mayo Hospital on Saturday.
According to details, 46-year-old Arif’s blood samples were sent to the National Institute of Health (NIH) for medical tests. He later died at the hospital.
The Sindh Health Department had recently confirmed 14 deaths in Karachi from Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) cases in the city during the ongoing month.
An official said that a total of 26 cases were reported at different private and public healthcare facilities where 14 of them died.
The ailment, a viral infection transmitted to humans through ticks that live on cattle, is said to have an average of 40 per cent mortality rate, but can be largely prevented through timely and proper management.
In 2018, at least 16 deaths had been reported in Karachi from the life-threatening virus, whereas, 41 patients majorly from Quetta – Balochistan were diagnosed with it.
On July 25, a Congo virus alert had been issued for the metropolis, stipulating precautionary instructions for all those people who are visiting cattle farms.