The Pakistan National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported that third case of monkeypox. or mpox in Pakistan is confirmed by Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) Karachi. This is the first case of monkeypox confirmed in Karachi, Sindh, bringing the tally to three in the country.
The case is young male, who traveled from abroad and detected with symptoms at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi by Border Health Services-Pakistan. He has been isolated since the appearance of monkeypox symptoms and his contact tracing is underway.
The first two cases reported in Islamabad are now completely stable and recovered from the infection.
The Federal Ministry of Health is vigilantly monitoring the situation while keeping all the relevant stakeholders on board for ensuring preparedness, timely response, and containment of monkeypox cases in Pakistan.
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever
A Liaquatabad man, the first case of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF), died during treatment at a private hospital in Karachi, according to Pakistani media.
The report notes:
The Health Department said that the deceased was a meat slaughterer, processor, and seller (butcher) by profession. He worked in meat shops in a supermarket located in Liaquatabad. On April 30, the patient developed a fever and headache, for which he took paracetamol tablets at home.
On May 2, he developed a very high-grade fever and was taken to Habib Medical Hospital, where he was admitted for one day. The patient then experienced episodes of bleeding from the nose and mucous membranes. His initial investigations for dengue and malaria were negative.
His condition deteriorated after two days, and he was transferred and admitted to Ziauddin Hospital in North Nazimabad on May 4, where he received intensive care treatment.
Despite intensive care, the patient passed away on May 5.