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Intern doctor succumbs to Congo fever, toll reaches 4

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 00:12

Ahmedabad: An intern doctor, admitted to the
Sterling Hospital here, Monday died due to the Crimean-Congo
Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), taking the toll due to the disease
in Gujarat to four.

"One person has died due to the CCHF at our hospital
Monday. He was an intern doctor working at Civil hospital," Dr
Chandramani Raval of Sterling Hospital said.
The deceased Shabbir Ali Umatiya (25), hailing from
Juhapura area of the city, had been suffering from high fever,
abdominal pain and vomiting when he was admitted to the
hospital a couple of days ago and was being treated under
isolation, he said.

"When he was admitted, we found that both his kidneys
were damaged and there was internal hemorrhage to his organs,"
Dr Raval further said.

Umatiya`s blood sample was sent for testing Sunday,
and its result, which came today after his death confirmed
that he had tested positive for CCHF, which is caused by a
tick-borne virus, he added.
Amina Momin, 30, of Kolat village in Sanand taluka near
here, who died last month was the first victim of CCHF, which
was also the first instance of this disease in India.

The doctor and nurse of a private hospital who treated
Amina also contracted the virus and died after a week.


First Published: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 00:12

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