Via The New Indian Express, a PTI report: 2 Nurse Dead, As Many Infected of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever. Excerpt:
JODHPUR: Two male nurses of a private hospital here, who fell sick on Saturday with similar symptoms and later died, were suffering from Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF).
The reports of their blood samples sent by the National Institute of Virology, Pune have confirmed CCHF, a disease caused by a tick-borne virus (Nairovirus).
Two other male nurses, who are undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital in Ahmedabad, have also found to be affected from the same infection. Their reports were also received by the Apollo Hospital administration from Pune today.
"We received the reports of both the deceased on Thursday night and they have confirmed them to have fallen victim of the CCHF," said Anand Goyal, Director of Goyal Hospital, Jodhpur, where the nurses were working.
All the four nurses were serving at the ICU of Goyal Hospital.
"The serum of other two patients, who are undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital in Ahmedabad, were also sent to Pune by the hospital itself. Their report has also confirmed CCHF," said CMHO Yuddhveer Singh adding that they are in touch with them also.
On Sunday night, Dinesh Chouhan had died of CCHF here followed by another nurse Sharavan Kumar, who died in AIIMS, New Delhi on Wednesday.
Chouhan's viscera had been sent to the lab at Pune on Monday while Kumar's was sent there by the AIIMS.
The entire medical and health department is trying hard to trace the origin of this virus in Jodhpur.