Peshawar: A spokesman of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department has stressed the need for creating awareness among the public regarding (CCHF) fever. He added that CCHF is a hemorrhagic fever caused by a virus (Nairovirus). It is transmitted to humans by bite of an infected tick or direct contact with blood and secretions of an infected animal or human.
Seasonal occurrence of Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever happens in Pakistan from spring to fall with peak incidence in June and October. A meeting of Health Department was called by Chief Secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, to review the dengue situation and steps taken by health department in this regard.
The Chief Secretary on this occasion also ordered the department to direct all EDOs (Health) in the province to coordinate with DCOs and TMAs in sensitizing the butchers and other animal handlers on prevention of CCHF and to take precautionary measures.
It was also agreed that the authorities concerned must assure screening of cattle herds and vehicles transported cattle, entering big cities, especially on the occasion of Eid ul Azha and proactively assured compliance of preventive measures.
The WHO recommended protocols/guidelines have already been distributed to EDOs (Health) of all the districts with instructions to distribute the same to all health facilities in the districts and organize awareness campaigns.
For more information, contact:
Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Tel: +9291 921 6889 (Ext 106)