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Preventive measures against Congo Virus on Eid ul Adha

CRIMENT CONGO HAEMORRHAGIC VIRUS INFECTION AND EID ADHA

With growing cases of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever infection in the country and Eid Adha around the corner, this period we must be extra watchful to protect ourselves from this potentially deadly infection. Remember Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever infection is spread by the bite of ticks which have fed on an infected animal or from exposure to blood or skins during or immediately after slaughtering an infected animal.

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Please note that an infected animal may appear healthy and that eating or preparing meat from an infected animal is safe.

To protect yourself and your loved ones, following this steps.

When buying or caring for animals

  1. Ware light colored, full sleeve dresses (ideally buttoned) and shoes with socks.
  2. You may apply any insect repellent on the exposed areas of the body.
  3. Take a bath and change your dresses soon as you return home.

 

During Qubani (EID ADHA)

  1. If possible cover your mouth and nose during the initial qurbani.
  2. If your hands are blood stained do not rub your eyes or nose.
  3. Try to keep your hand clean by washing frequently. If cleanser/ soap and water is not available then use basic water or a tissue to clean as much blood as possible and use any commercially available alcohol hand clean.

Symptoms

  1. The early symptoms of Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic temperature include sudden onset of high fever with muscle pains, backache and headache.
  2. Symptoms will frequently develop about 1 to 3 days after exposure to ticks (hardly up to 9 days) and 5 to 7 days after exposure to blood (infrequently up to 14days).
  3. However, please note that as number of other infection (including Dengue) have similar symptoms and if you feel you may have been visible to or have indications of Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic fever, please contact your healthcare Hospital.

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