Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) and Dengue in Pakistan
OCTOBER 25, 2010 - As of October 15, the IHR National Focal Point, Pakistan Ministry of Health, reported 26 cases to WHO, including 3 deaths, of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CHF). In addition, more than 1,500 laboratory-confirmed dengue cases, including 15 deaths, have also been reported in Pakistan so far.
CCHF and dengue are endemic in Pakistan, with a seasonal increase in cases. Recently, however, transmission of CHF Canada and dengue fever has increased in the country with increased incidence and geographic expansion. The recent floods in Pakistan may have contributed to this upsurge due to changing risk factors for these diseases.
The Ministry of Health has intensified its response activities to prevent and mitigate FCC and dengue fever, including exposure awareness and preventive measures for the general public, strengthening clinical management and management. cases of patients with haemorrhagic fever, storing appropriate drugs and personal protective equipment, and implementing targeted vector control activities.
At the request of the Ministry of Health of Pakistan, WHO is mobilizing experts in the clinical management of severe dengue and infection control in health care settings through the Global Alert and Response Network. Outbreak Response (GOARN). WHO is also helping the country mobilize resources, strengthen disease surveillance, establish laboratory diagnostics and train health care providers.