Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever reported in Rostov Region, Russia

There are reports of an outbreak of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) involving 38 cases and 2 deaths in the Rostov region. Tick bites are stated to be the cause. 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.

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