Congo Virus in Karachi.

Although I havenít had much chance to follow any proper news channel but from a local one and from few friends I did hear there was a patient of Congo (Ebola Virus) in Karachi. The lady doctor who treated the infected is dead too. I hope it was only an isolated case and not the possible outbreak.

Its one of the RNA family virus, RNA has two family members called Filoviridae. Ebola has four subtypes, three of which can effect humans. Not to mention this virus is very fatal in nature and can quickly spread and can cause a possible outbreak.

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21 Comments so far

  1. MOON (unregistered) on November 21st, 2005 @ 1:40 am

    Yes, I’ve heard a LOT more, the boy who first had this virus worked for two weeks at PAF during the relief work and was in Jinnah Hospital then, where they weren’t letting anyone come near him.

    A bad news only confirmed my fears and rumors, A girl in Bahria University got this virus too, and they were asking for blood donations for her.

    And I found out, theres no such treatment for this virus, other than dialysis, and only 30% patients survive even after the treatment, while Fever, Headache, Vomitting, and bleeding are its symptons! Can be transferred through open wounds.

    Rest Allah knows all and well, May He keep us in His protection!


  2. hafsa (unregistered) on November 21st, 2005 @ 2:15 am

    yes. the girl is on dialysis now. pretty bad condition. all she needs is prayers now.


  3. Anathema (unregistered) on November 21st, 2005 @ 5:36 am

    has this matter been officially suppressed?


  4. Anathema (unregistered) on November 21st, 2005 @ 9:57 am

    just read front page headline online.

    [link]http://www.dawn.com/2005/11/21/top17.htm[/link]


  5. sara afridi (unregistered) on November 26th, 2005 @ 11:52 pm

    the doctor who passed away coz of the congo virus was an old school friend. all i would like to request every1 is to pray for the departed soul. yes, the matter is being officially supressed. it is very much possible that it could hav been caused coz of the return of many people from the earthquake affected areas [ acc. to many pathologists]. plz plz b very careful in ur contact with people n get a blood test done for ur platelet count as soon as u see flu like symptoms appearing as there is no vaccine for the disease.


  6. Umer (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 11:46 am

    Just a little concerned about this sms circulating around the city regarding ppl becoming infected after meals at Hot & Spicy Deltons. I just had a Cheese Roll from there so am pretty tensed. Could someone shed light on that!?


  7. huzefa khan (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 2:10 pm

    Yes you are fucked and screwed


  8. huzefa khan (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 2:11 pm

    Yes you are screwed


  9. Teymour (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 3:57 pm

    the congo virus(Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic Fever [CCHF]) is not the same as the Ebola Virus(Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever).

    The congo virus DOES NOT belong to the Filoviridae family of viruses! The filoviridae family has only two members; the Ebola Virus and the Marburg Virus.

    For those concerned about their safety please go to (http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/spb/mnpages/dispages/cchf.htm)

    This page has information regarding the congo virus inclucding how it is spread, how it can be treated and how it can be prevented.

    And the sms regarding the contaminated food at ‘Hot n Spicy’ is most probably just a rumor started by some bored, mentally sick and idiotic person.


  10. Nighat Loya (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 11:50 pm

    I’m in the US and am thinking about travelling to Pakistan this december for a couple of weeks. I have two kids with me: a 5 year old and a 4 year old. I ‘m deeply concerned about these Congo Virus and Bird Flew rumors. Is it as bad as it seems to us here in the Srates from the rumors??


  11. Imran Ahmed (unregistered) on December 1st, 2005 @ 11:45 am

    Assalaam-o-Alaikum everyone…. please say Salaam when you meet people and give them in Allah’s safety hands and when they answer you then you will be safe too.

    well, i wish, that Allah the Almighty keeps everyone safe and sound. (amen)

    Now first of all, i wanna say something to HUZEFA KHAN, please be nice to others and specially when they are scared… im sorry but i didnt like your remark to UMER…

    i wanna put some light on CONGO VIRUS for everyone in general and specially for Umer.

    How is CCHF spread and how do humans become infected?

    The Hyalomma tickIxodid (hard) ticks, especially those of the genus, Hyalomma, are both a reservoir and a vector for the CCHF virus. Numerous wild and domestic animals, such as cattle, goats, sheep and hares, serve as amplifying hosts for the virus. Transmission to humans occurs through contact with infected animal blood or ticks. CCHF can be transmitted from one infected human to another by contact with infectious blood or body fluids. Documented spread of CCHF has also occurred in hospitals due to improper sterilization of medical equipment, reuse of injection needles, and contamination of medical supplies.

    What are the symptoms of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever?

    The onset of CCHF is sudden, with initial signs and symptoms including headache, high fever, back pain, joint pain, stomach pain, and vomiting. Red eyes, a flushed face, a red throat, and petechiae (red spots) on the palate are common. Symptoms may also include jaundice, and in severe cases, changes in mood and sensory perception. As the illness progresses, large areas of severe bruising, severe nosebleeds, and uncontrolled bleeding at injection sites can be seen, beginning on about the fourth day of illness and lasting for about two weeks.

    How is the disease prevented?

    Agricultural workers and others working with animals should use insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing. Insect repellants containing DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are the most effective in warding off ticks. Wearing gloves and other protective clothing is recommended. Individuals should also avoid contact with the blood and body fluids of livestock or humans who show symptoms of infection. It is important for healthcare workers to use proper infection control precautions to prevent occupational exposure.

    An inactivated, mouse-brain derived vaccine against CCHF has been developed and is used on a small scale in Eastern Europe. However, there is no safe and effective vaccine widely available for human use.

    For information about this in detail please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/spb/mnpages/dispages/cchf.htm

    MAY ALLAH KEEP SHOWERING HIS BLESSINGS ON ALL MANKIND, SPECIALLY ON MUSLIM BROTHREN. (amen)


  12. Uzma Hasan (unregistered) on December 1st, 2005 @ 2:53 pm

    As Salaam O Alaikum to All and Walaikum As Salaam to Mr. Imran Ahmed
    I am really thankful to Mr. Imran to rpovide us such informative detail about the Congo Virus. Huzefa thats right you should not have give such comments for Umer.
    I think its just a rumor about such a massive number of people effected by eating at Hot N Spicy at Delton.. I also think that hot N Spicy dont get this large number of diners even in a week :)


  13. Uzma Hasan (unregistered) on December 1st, 2005 @ 2:54 pm

    As Salaam O Alaikum to All and Walaikum As Salaam to Mr. Imran Ahmed
    I am really thankful to Mr. Imran to rpovide us such informative detail about the Congo Virus. Huzefa thats right you should not have give such comments for Umer.
    I think its just a rumor about such a massive number of people effected by eating at Hot N Spicy at Delton.. I also think that hot N Spicy doesnt get that large number of customer even in a week :)


  14. Rationalist (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2005 @ 1:02 pm

    “Rest Allah knows all and well, May He keep us in His protection!” —

    Well it doesn’t seem He is doing a very good job.

    “Assalaam-o-Alaikum everyone…. please say Salaam when you meet people and give them in Allah’s safety hands and when they answer you then you will be safe too.” —

    Or you could simply take the necessary precautions as presribed by reliable medical authorities. Too many people take these sort of comments seriously and leave everything to God.


  15. Rationalist (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2005 @ 1:04 pm

    “Rest Allah knows all and well, May He keep us in His protection!” —

    Well it doesn’t seem He is doing a very good job.

    “Assalaam-o-Alaikum everyone…. please say Salaam when you meet people and give them in Allah’s safety hands and when they answer you then you will be safe too.” —

    Or you could simply take the necessary precautions as presribed by reliable medical authorities. Too many people take these sort of comments seriously and leave everything to God.


  16. Rationalist (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2005 @ 1:07 pm

    Thanks for the information, though, Imran.


  17. Mustafa (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2005 @ 11:18 pm

    My cuzin is suffering from Congo as he arrived from hydrabad a week ago to attend his chachas wedding.he was fine till the day he gave the invitation card to us and lately he had fever to which he was taken to a normal hospital and was given anti-biotic which didnt work as he started to vomit blood. than again he was taken to another hospital where the doctor said tht the vomiting of blood is reaction of a wrong medicine. a day after tht he was geting worst so he was taken to agha khan where its diagnosed tht he is suffering from Congo since Last nite hez admited and today’s his uncle’s Wedding.. Plz Pray for him.. and a word of warning if any1 faces any symptoms plz contact the nearest GOOD hospital as its a matter of our precious Life. May God Protects All


  18. bilal (unregistered) on December 11th, 2005 @ 12:46 pm

    salam ppl i wantd to noe da dif between a congo virus and an ebola virus.may alah help us


  19. mav (unregistered) on December 27th, 2005 @ 7:59 pm

    hey everyone ….please stop writin this kinda freaky shit on this site …ur freakin ma frnd out …shes not a karachite …she’s just visitin …and this is really makin her paranoid…and if she has this virus …pray fer her


  20. aysha (unregistered) on December 27th, 2005 @ 8:17 pm

    thanx mav it jus makes me believe more tht i have tht fukin virus….come to my funeral..even if its in khi…hate karachiiiiiiiii..mannnnnnn…..im dyin


  21. aysha (unregistered) on December 27th, 2005 @ 8:20 pm

    in the end i jus wana say i love u all..u nainee mussy n yeah asad too….remmember me always



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