A fresh case of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever or commonly known as Congo fever has been reported from AMC-run VS Hospital. The civic body’s health department officials so far have reported 3-4 cases of the CCHF virus infection this year.
A 26-year-old farmer from Dhandhuka was admitted to VS Hospital on March 12 with complaints of fever, headache and myalgia for the last one month. Later, his blood samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology(NIV), Pune.
According to the NIV report, he was tested positive for CCHF infection. The farmer had been infected by the virus in the past too.
“His all major organs are functioning normal and the blood platelets count has also increased from 20,000 at the time he was admitted to 55,400,” said AMC medical officer Dr Bhavin Solanki.
The virus is primarily transmitted to people from ticks and livestock animals. Human-to-human transmission can occur resulting from close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected persons.
According to WHO, CCHF is endemic in Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East and other parts Asia. There is no vaccine available for either people or animals.