Four cases of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever reported in Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Hospitals in Rawalpindi, Punjab province, have reported 4 possible cases of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever in the last 10 days. This disease was first reported in Pakistan in 1976, but the number of cases has continued to increase each year since 2000.

This 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 to this infection 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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