One dead from Congo fever in Takhar amid sharp increase in infections

Health officials in Takhar provincial hospital have recorded three cases of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, commonly known as Congo fever, in the past month, of which one patient died.

The other two patients have been transferred to the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Kabul.

Officials said that 91 people across Afghanistan have been infected with the disease in the past week alone. Authorities also said that so far this summer, seven people have died.

Congo fever is a viral disease often spread by ticks or from animals to humans, especially during the slaughtering process.

Main symptoms of the disease are fever, heartburn, diarrhea and internal and external bleeding, neck pain and eye pain.

According to doctors, people at risk of contracting the disease include those in contact with animals and meat as well as health workers.

Some residents of the province expressed concern about the increase of this disease in Takhar with the arrival of Eid al-Adha.

At the same time, health officials in Takhar provincial hospital say that the disease is preventable and can be controlled.