Farmer dies from Crimean-Congo Fever in Namibia

A farmer from Gobabis in the Omaheke region has died from Crimean-Congo Fever. This is apparently the first reported case since 2010.

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

Advice For Travellers

This disease is rare in Namibia, and the risk for travellers is extremely low unless they are bitten by ticks through contact with livestock in the affected area.

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. 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 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.