Five deaths due to Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever in Karachi, Pakistan

Health authorities in Sindh Province are implementing measures to control the possible spread of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic fever after five people, including 1 doctor, who were hospitalized in Karachi, died from this infection. Three deaths were reported in the past 3 weeks. The latest person who died came to Karachi came from the city of Bahawalpur.


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.

The risk of exposure for most travellers is low. 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.