Congo fever reported in Kerala’s Thrissur district. This is the second such case of Congo fever reported in the state.
The first case was reported in Malappuram district. A man, who is a native of Malappuram came home for holidays has been tested positive for Congo fever. Now his condition is stable.
The person from Thrissur is currently undergoing treatment at a private hospital. His body fluids have been sent to various tests. The Health department has instructed the hospital staff to be cautious as body fluids is enough to spread the disease.
The symptoms of this disease is sudden fever, neck pain, headache, dizziness, backache, stiffness, sore eyes. There may be diarrhea, vomiting, body pain and even mood swings .
The Congo fever or Crimean Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is caused by tick borne virus . Basically, the virus is transmitted to people by tick bites or from contact with infected animals. The transmission from person to person happens from close contact with the blood, secretions, body fluids of infected persons.
The vaccine for the disease is not commercially available and the treatment is basically by supportive care. The risk of mortality among the affected persons is from 10 to 40 percent. About 30 percent of the affected people die by the end of the second week of illness.