Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic fever risk linked to religious festival in Afghanistan

There have been at least 70 people infected with Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic fever virus nationwide, and 12 of them have died. The risk of exposure has increased due to the religious festival of Eid-al-Adha when hundreds of thousands of people sacrifice animals during this festival.

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Advice For Travellers

While the risk for the general traveller is low, the risk increases if the traveller participates in the unprotected slaughter of animals that might be infected with this virus. 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.