Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic fever in Gujarat, India

A patient from Jamnagar in Gujarat State has died from Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic fever (CCHF). This is the 1st report of CCHF from this location, but there have been previous cases (3 cases) from the Kutch district in 2015.

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Advice For Travellers

While the risk for the general traveller is low, there are some precautions to consider. Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever 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. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to this infection 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.

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