The health department of Balkh province reported that in the past week 10 positive cases of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) have been recorded in north region of the country, and two people have died.
Local Balkh officials said that incidents of this illness were rising in the country's north, and they urged religious leaders and the media to warn people about the dangers associated with the disease’s spread.
"10 positive cases of Congo have been recorded; sadly, we had two deaths. The Abu Ali Sinai regional hospital in Balkh has its own particular preparations, and the 50-bed Antani hospital is also ready,” said Najibullah Tawana, director of the health department of Balkh.
"The media has a special responsibility to save the wellness of a Muslim brother, protect him from illness, and provide them with awareness in the health section,” said Zabihullah Noorani, director of the department of information and culture of Balkh.
According to the US's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), transmission to humans occurs through "contact with infected ticks or animal blood," and CCHF "can be transmitted from one infected human to another by contact with infectious blood or body fluids."
"We try and tell all the scholars to inform the people about the Congo disease,” said Saifuddin Azizi, head of the department of Hajj and Islamic Affairs of Balkh.
A resident of the province of Balkh, Ahmad Zubair, said that one of his relatives who kept livestock, recently became ill with Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF).
"He was gushing blood from his mouth and nose. They told us that the patient had Congo when we brought him to the hospital,” said Ahmad Zubair.
"A person who acquires Congo disease will often have fever, pain, headache, exhaustion, and weakness as a result of the illness. The patient then experiences mental health issues,” said Nabiullah Amiri, head of the 50-Bed Antani Hospital in Balkh.
The symptoms of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF), according to physicians, include a high fever, headache, bodily discomfort, nausea, stomach pain, and occasionally bleeding.