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Congo fever alert
Published on 13 May. 2011 12:49 AM IST
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With reports of Crimean- Cong Haemorrhagic Fever Congo Fever (CCHF) in Ahmedabad Gujarat among humans, the department of Vety and Animal Husbandry informed all the DVOs, VAS, SFs/FMs in the RD block and Veterinary dispensaries to take control measures. In this regard, the department has asked all physicians and attendants to take preventive measures and to report of any suspicious cases. According to WHO report, CCHF is a viral haemorrhagic fever of the Nairovirus group. Following infection via tick bite, the incubation period is usually one to three days, with a maximum of nine days. Although primarily a zoonosis, sporadic cases and outbreaks of CCHF affecting humans do occur. The disease is endemic in many countries in Africa, Europe and Asia, and during 2001, cases or outbreaks have been recorded in Kosovo, Albania, Iran, Pakistan, and South Africa. The virus which causes CCHF is a Nairovirus, a group of related viruses forming one of the five genera in the Bunyaviridae family of viruses.

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