Death from Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever reported in Pakistan

A second death due to Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) has been reported from Karachi. The World Health Organization has reported 22 cases of CCHF and 5 deaths so far this year in Pakistan. A majority of the cases appear to have become infected while in the province of Baluchistan where there is a high risk of this disease among people in contact with livestock.

CCHF virus is generally 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.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever.

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