Two more case of Congo fever detected in Gujarat

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Ahmedabad, Feb 5 (PTI) Two relatives of an interndoctor who had died of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF)have tested positive for the tick borne virus, healthofficials said here.

"A girl and a male relative of an intern doctorShabbir Ali Umatiya (25) who had died of CCHF (congo fever) onJanuary 31 have tested positive for the tick borne virus,"Additional Director Health Paresh Dave said.

The blood samples of the duo were sent for testing toNational Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune and reportsreceived today have shown them positive for the virus, hesaid.

"The kins of deceased were admitted in isolation wardof the Civil Hospital here four days ago and their conditionis stable," Dave said without revealing their names.

"The duo reside at a village near Kesimpa in Mehsanadistrict," health officials said.

An intern doctor at local government hospital here,Shabbir Ali Umatiya, was admitted to Sterling Hospital here,in January end and died of congo fever, taking the toll due tothe disease in the state to four.

Last month, a 30-year-old woman Amina Momin of Kolatvillage in Sanand taluka located about 35 km from here was thefirst victim of CCHF, which was first instance of this diseasein India.

The doctor and nurse of a private hospital who treatedAmina also contracted the virus and died after a week.(MORE)PTI VKB PDABC

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