Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever reported in Pakistan

So far this year, there have been 16 cases of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) reported in Pakistan. Six of these patients have died. The majority of the cases were reported in the provinces of Balochistan, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab. CCHF virus is generally transmitted from cattle and sheep to humans by exposure to infected animal blood or by bites from infected ticks. 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.

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