Eid-ul-Adha: Illegal Animal Slaughter May Leads to Virus, CCHF

Eid-ul-Adha is just around the corner and Muslims are ready to buy their favorite sacrificial animal in the name of Allah SWT and enjoy a buffet with family and friends. But this Eid-ul-Adha brings a lot of health and hygienic warnings as well. This time the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has also warned about the spread of a disease named Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF). It can easily spread through indiscriminate slaughtering of sacrificial animals like with the help of street butchers which are unauthorized.

Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) Symptoms

Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) is a virus which should be reported immediately to the authorities within 24 hours in order to prevent its outbreak.

Symptoms of CCHF fever are:

  • Fever
  • Muscle pain
  • Dizziness
  • Neck pain and stiffness, back pain
  • Headache
  • Eye inflammation and sensitivity to light.

On the first day of this fever the other symptoms which you may encounter are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and sore throat.

Eid-ul-Adha and Health Issues:

Dr Hussein Abdel Rahman Al Rand, Under-secretary of the Ministry’s Health Assistant Sector at the Health Centre and Clinic said that ministry of health is in cooperation with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Abu Dhabi Health Authorities, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority and municipalities of the country in order to work for maintaining health and safety of people.

He added that it is important to adopt hygienic practices while slaughtering the animal to prevent yourself from the transmission of common diseases like Crimean Fever.

Dr Hussein Abdel Rahman Al Rand also attributed the system of the Ministry of Health Assistant Sector at the Health Centre and Clinic (MoHAP) and other authorities in the inspection of such epidemic like Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) for the past years. Moreover, the laboratory diagnosis also played an important role in reduction of such diseases.

 How do Viral Infection CCHF Transmission occurs? 

Dr Fatima Al Attar, Director, International Health Regulations and Pandemic Control Office elaborated the way this fever can spread. He said that this fever can spread through the tick bites and direct contact with the blood and tissues of the infected animal after slaughtering.

She also explained that the virus can spread from one person to another through direct contact with the blood, secretion, organs and other body fluids of a person.

Dr Al Attar emphasized on the fact that it is important to visit the health authorities in order to notify them about the previous symptoms and other infections. He added that illegal slaughtering may result in such epidemics. Absence of veterinary supervision over sacrificial animal, exposure to pollutants followed by proliferation of fly and insects due to the unsafe disposal of the residues of slaughter may result in viral infections.

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