Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever - sporadic cases occur in Pakistan

So far in 2012, a total of 22 suspected cases of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever have been reported throughout Pakistan. However, 15 of the cases were reported from Balochistan. There have been 5 deaths.

CCHF virus is transmitted from cattle and sheep to humans by infected ticks and 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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