PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) health services department on Thursday stated that experts have identified the mysterious disease that claimed nine lives in Lower Dir as Rickettsial disease.
A notification issued by the KP health services director general said, “From the available data and consultation with experts, symptoms are suggesting that the disease might be Rickettsial.”
“It is to inform you all, that any patient with high-grade fever from district Lower Dir having close contact with animals and pyrexia of unknown origin should be considered as a suspected case of Rickettsial and should be investigated and managed according to interim guidelines,” it added.
Earlier, it was reported that a mysterious disease had claimed nine lives in Barimakar area of Lower Dir.
The deceased had the common symptoms of high-grade fever and Thrombocytopenia.
According to the health department in Lower Dir, an emergency had been declared following which blood samples of more than 300 affected people were collected and sent for tests.