1st death from Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever in Punjab, Pakistan

Although the first death due to Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) has been reported in Punjab, CCHF is no longer rare in Pakistan, and it occurs most often during the periods when animals are sacrificed during religious rituals.

CCHF virus is generally transmitted from cattle and sheep to humans by exposure to infected animal blood or by bites from infected ticks. Removal of ticks from animals using unprotected hands is often a source of infection. The infection can also spread from person to person by infected blood. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to CCHF by taking all necessary precautions to avoid tick bites, especially when in contact with cattle or other livestock in areas where this virus is common.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever.

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