Preparations are in full swing as Pakistan prepares for one of the most significant events of the year.

Eid-ul-Adha or Bakra Eid is just a couple of weeks away, and there is much to get done with.

One of the most critical tasks is to go to the cattle mandi and purchase the sacrificial animal.

Families have started to visit the animal markets to find their ideal sacrifice. However, with Coronavirus’ grip on Pakistan, strict SOPs have been put in place to ensure everyone is following the rules to the maximum.

But this Eid, it’s not just Covid-19 that Pakistanis will have to worry about, there’s another virus which may be waiting patiently to spread throughout the country.

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The National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad has shared that Pakistan is on the tip of the iceberg as yet another virus spread awaits the country. Commonly known as Congo, this virus is found in animals.

“It is necessary to take preventive measures timely to tackle the spread of Congo virus,” the directives said while asking the concerned departments to adopt preventive measures.

If preventions are not taken on time, this virus can cause massive problems given the current conditions of the healthcare system and households.

However, an advisory has been issued to cattle markets to prevent such an outbreak from happening in the first place on the occasion of Eid ul Adha.

What is the Congo virus?

The Congo virus starts from when a tick attaches itself to the skin of an animal. The tick then multiplies in numbers. When children or adults go near that animal to pet it or to take care or it, the ticks latch onto the human body spreading the infection.

What are the Symptoms of Congo?

Reportedly, the initial symptoms of Congo fever include:

  • headache
  • high fever
  • rashes
  • back pain
  • joint pain
  • stomach pain and
  • vomiting

Last year in Karachi alone, 20 casualties had been reported due to the infection. Hospitals had been advised to adopt special precautions to treat the Congo cases to prevent further spread.

Now, we have to wait and see whether Pakistan will survive its battle against the odds of being infected or will fall.

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