High tick activity in Stavropol Region causes increase in Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever

Tick biting has increased in the Stavropol region. With 6,232 people seeking medical aid for tick bites, there have been 29 cases of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever reported in the rural populations of Apanasenkovskij, Arzgirsky, Blagodarnensky, Budennovsky, Grachevsky, Ipatovsky, Krasnogvardeisky, Kursky, levakumsky, Neftekumsky, Novoselsky, Petrovsky and Turkmen districts.

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Advice For Travellers

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. 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.