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Congo fever virus may have come from Pak, Thar Exp under lens

Officials suspect the Congo fever infections that killed two nurses from Jodhpur could have originated in Pakistan, and have begun screening passengers arriving in the city by the Thar Express.

jaipur Updated: Jan 24, 2015 11:48 IST

Officials suspect the Congo fever infections that killed two nurses from Jodhpur could have originated in Pakistan, and have begun screening passengers arriving in the city by the Thar Express.

Congo fever, a highly contagious disease with a high fatality rate, has been detected in Pakistan over a number of times in recent years but India reported its first case after more than four years.

Two other nursing staff of the Jodhpur private hospital where the two staffers were infected have also tested positive for the tick-borne disease.

An alert has been sounded in Jodhpur after a Pune lab (can’t we name NIV Pune? Makes it more credible) confirmed the Congo fever – technically called Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever – outbreak.

The Thar Express originates in Karachi and the next lot of passengers who will arrive on Sunday will be screened and their medical histories looked at.

A rapid response team from Jaipur has landed in Jodhpur and is rummaging through the records of Goyal Hospital of one month for a possible source of infection.