Afghanistan: Woman dies from Congo virus in Paktia

A Taliban official in Paktia reported on Friday that a woman has died from the Congo virus in the Samkani district of the province.

According to Khairullah Mansoor, head of public health for the Taliban in Paktia, the 25-year-old woman contracted the virus a week ago.

Mansoor stated that the cause of death was a delay in transferring her to a hospital for treatment.

As Eid al-Adha approaches, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a warning yesterday about the rising number of Congo virus cases in Afghanistan.

Mohammad Omar Mashal, a WHO official in Afghanistan, urged citizens to wear gloves, masks, and protective clothing when handling cattle, sheep, and other livestock.

Mashal noted that the virus is transmitted from animals to humans. He identified severe fever, headaches, muscle pain, back pain, eye redness, sensitivity to light, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, insomnia, and irritability as symptoms of the disease.