LAHORE - A woman died of Congo fever in Lahore yesterday. Wilayat Bibi, 50, a resident of Kasur was admitted to the Ganga Ram hospital.

Her blood samples were sent to National Institute of Health in Islamabad for labortary tests. After examining the reports of labortary tests, the doctors confirmed that she was having Congo virus.

Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) is spread by the bite of ticks. They are fed on an infected animal or from exposure to blood or tissues during or immediately after slaughter of an infected animal.

The symptoms of the disease include sudden high fever with muscle aches, backache and headache. Symptoms usually felt in a patient in one to three days after exposure to ticks but in rare cases after nine days.