Kirkuk records another case of Congo fever


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SULAIMANI — One case of Congo fever was reported in Kirkuk on Friday (May 13), said Nabil Hamdi Bushnaq, the city’s health director.

Bushnaq told Iraqi News Agency (INA) the infected person did not work in meat sales and is suspected of becoming infected from an insect bite.

The Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever is most often spread through ticks and largely affects people who deal with livestock but can be spread through bodily fluids from person to person.

Bushnaq said the Kirkuk Health Directorate has taken the necessary measures to quarantine the patient from others and blood samples have been taken from members of the patient’s family members to check if they have become infected.

He said the patient is in stable condition and is only suffering from a low blood volume.

One person died from Congo fever in Kirkuk on May 6 and there have been seven deaths and 40 infections of the disease recorded in Iraq since the beginning of this year, according to the Ministry of Health.

(NRT Digital Media)