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Sindh, Balochistan on high alert after doctor's death from Congo virus

11:11 PM | 6 Nov, 2023
Sindh, Balochistan on high alert after doctor's death from Congo virus
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Hospitals in the southern Pakistani regions of Sindh and Balochistan were placed on high alert on Monday after a person died from the Congo virus, according to a Sindh health official, and 11 other people reportedly became sick.

After contracting the Congo virus, Dr. Shukrullah Langove was transported by road from the capital of Balochistan, Quetta, to Aga Khan Hospital in Karachi. But when the physicians arrived on Sunday, they declared him dead.

The Sindh Health Department's Shabbir Ali Babar told the media that "a high alert has been issued in the province and hospitals across Sindh have been directed to adopt preventive measures against the virus."

Eleven patients from Balochistan are now receiving treatment at the Aga Khan Hospital in Karachi, according to Babar.

Babar stated, "A special ward at the Infectious Disease Hospital has been established by the Sindh Health Department for Congo patients arriving from Balochistan."

In the meantime, all hospitals in the province received a health advice from the Sindh Health Department instructing them to take precautionary steps against the virus.

Earlier, a Quetta-based doctor who contracted the Congo virus passed away while being transported to Karachi for treatment on Sunday.

The Congo virus is a dangerous virus that can cause bleeding at an early stage and is transmitted to humans primarily through ticks on cattle and other livestock. Symptoms of the virus are similar to those of dengue fever but can quickly become life-threatening. The health department has advised people to take precautions such as wearing protective clothing and using insect repellent when in contact with livestock to avoid contracting the virus.

Medical experts warn that the Congo virus has a high fatality rate, and there is currently no specific treatment or vaccine available for the virus.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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