A 27-YEAR-OLD man from Mundra taluka of Kutch district who died on Thursday had contracted Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) virus, lab reports have confirmed.
The victim has been identified as Kiran Rajgor, a resident of Ratadiya village in Mundra taluka of Kutch. Health officials of Kutch said that Rajgor had went down with fever on March 22. After taking treatment in Mundra and Bhuj towns in Kutch, he was referred to a private hospital in Rajkot where he died on Thursday.
“Doctors of the private hospital in Rajkot had informed us on March 26 that Rajgor had displayed symptoms of CCHF. His blood samples were sent to National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune. After tests, NIV confirmed on Saturday that the patient had contracted the CCHF virus,” Dr Satish Makwana, chief district health officer (CDHO) of Kutch told The Indian Express on Sunday.
Health officials said that Rajgor used to work with a transport firm in Mundra and that his home in Ratadiya was near a an enclosure for cattle. CCHF spreads through ticks, parasites living on animals.
“After the NIV report, we screened rest of his family members and surveyed each of 269 families living in Ratadiya village. We also alerted animal husbandry department officials. They observed that cattle in the village had ticks. We even found ticks in a mound of sand near the victim’s residence,” Dr Makwana further said.
The CDHO added rest of the residents had not displayed any symptoms of the Congo fever and that insecticides had been sprayed in the village to kill ticks.
Incidentally, CCHF deaths were reported from Kariyana village of Babra taluka in Amreli district in year 2013.