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Karachi: Two more cases of Congo fever bring tally to 16 this year

Karachi: Two more cases of Congo fever bring tally to 16 this year

KARACHI: The Congo-Crimean haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is 15-year high in the city as two more cases have been confirmed at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), bringing the tally to 16.

As per the official figures, 14 CCHF cases, including two women, one of them was among the six who died of the disease in November.

Official figures show a 55-year-old woman as the oldest and a four-year-old boy as the youngest victims of the disease. Barring five, all the victims were young, aged between four and 27 years.

A senior official in the Sindh Health Department said that this year recorded the most CCHF cases in Karachi since year 2000. However, because of lack of the department’s capability to preserve the records on a scientific basis, he could not share the previous figures, especially the years when such cases were reported in greater numbers.