LAHORE - The Punjab Health Department (PHD) has alerted all the health related institutes to rescue the masses from possible spread of Congo fever due to vast movement of sacrificial animals on Eidul-Azha.

The department has directed all the public and private health providing institutions to make arrangements for controlling this disease.

According to the PHD spokesman, the Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) is a viral disease which is transmitted by ‘ticks’ found in animals. The ‘ticks’ present on the skin of animals act as vector for transmission of CCHF which others can get easily through direct contact.

He said as a preventive measure, the PHD has issued a warning to all the medical staff to take precautionary measures against this disease and provide timely treatment to the patients at hospitals. He said the CCH fever can be easily transmitted from patient to doctor therefore they should remain careful.

The spokesperson said the persons engaged in the trading of animals should also adopt preventive measures. He said the health EDOs of all districts have been directed to contact officers of Livestock and Dairy Development Department for ensuring spray in the cattle markets, slaughter houses, dairy, sacrificial animals sale yards and other animal gathering places.

 He also advised the people to ensure examination of animals from veterinary doctor so that transmission of fever to human beings could be prevented.