As Eid ul Adha is around the corner, the increase in Congo Fever cases are reaching their highest point. Congo Virus is also known as “Crimean–Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF)” which was first discovered in Africa and now can be found in the many parts of South Asia.
BEWARE! You can get infected by the Bite of a Tick, and it is widely found on the skin Animals. And it can also be found in the infected Animal by the Exposure of Blood during the slaughtering of an Animal.
Please note, the infected Animal may look healthy, but eventually it can give you this catastrophic disease even if you’re just feeding, slaughtering or eating meat of that animal.
Follow these steps to protect yourself from Congo Virus:
When Buying, Feeding and Caring your Animals:
- You can apply insect repellent on the exposed parts of your body.
- Wear white color clothes while doing these tasks, make sure your shirt is fully sleeved and well buttoned. And wear shoes with socks.
- Must take a shower and change your clothes when you come home.
During the Slaughtering (Qurbani) of your Animals:
- When slaughter of your animal is at the initial stage, do not forget to cover your mouth and nose properly.
- If there is a blood on your hands, never rub it on the other parts of your body such as your eyes and nose.
- Frequently wash your hands during the slaughtering of your animal. If soap is not available use the plain water and a tissue to clean the blood. Use any commercially alcoholic hand rub.
Symptoms of Congo Virus/Fever:
- The initial symptoms are High fever, Headache, Backache and severe Muscle Aches.
- Symptoms usually take 1 to 3 days to develop after bitten by Ticks. And takes 5 to 7 days if you get it from the exposure of blood.
- Congo fever symptoms are similar to Dengue fever, if you think you are facing all of these difficulties as discussed in the first point, please visit your doctor as soon as possible.