3 'Tick Dusting Veterinary Pickets' Established To Curb Congo Virus

3 'Tick Dusting Veterinary Pickets' established to curb congo virus

ABBOTTABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -7th Sept,2016) : To curb the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus on the eve of Eid-ul-Adha which causes severe viral hemorrhagic fever outbreaks, Livestock and Health Department established 3 'Tick Dusting Veterinary Pickets' at all entry and exit points of district Abbottabad.

This was stated by the Director Livestock and Dairy Department Qazi Zia ur Rehman while talking to APP here on Wednesday. He said that to avoid the risk of CCHF people are advised to leave the sacrificial animal for bleeding about half an hour.

"Livestock and Health departments have also started health education campaign, seminars amongst the vulnerable groups, cattle handlers, traders, butchers and masses to aware them about the danger of congo virus", Qazi Zia ur Rehman said.

District Health Officer (DHO) Abbottabad, Dr. Qasim while talking to APP said that the CCHF virus is transmitted to people either by tick bites or through contact with infected animal blood or tissues during and immediately after slaughter.

"The majority of cases have occurred in people involved in the livestock industry, such as agricultural workers, slaughterhouse workers and veterinarians", he said. Deputy Commissioner Ammara Khattak chaired a meeting where all stakeholders including Director Dairy and Livestock, District Health Officer Abbottabad, Chief Executives of Cantonment Boards Havelian and Abbottabad and Tehsil Municipal Administrator participated and decided to start awareness campaign in all over the district by using pamphlet and banners.

It has also been decided that two special wards would be prepared for congo fever patients in Ayub Teaching Hospital Abbottabad and District Headquarters Hospital. Cantonment boards Abbottabad, Havelian and TMA Abbottabad and Havelian would be responsible for dispose of the carcasses and remains of the sacrificial animals.

Ayub Teaching Hospital (ATH) Pathology department also organized a seminar for health professionals where doctors, paramedics and lab technologists were briefed about the CCHF.