More deaths due to Rift Valley Fever in Mauritania but numbers are decreasing (update)

The Minister of Health has reported that the widespread outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) appears to be subsiding. There have been no new cases reported in the past five days. So far, a total of 30 cases and 13 deaths have been identified. With the coming festival of Eid Al Adha, also known as Eid El Kebir, many sheep will be slaughtered as part of the festival. In the past, slaughtering procedures may create blood aerosols that may expose attending humans to RVF infection.

Human infections result from direct or indirect contact with the blood or organs of infected animals during slaughtering or butchering, assisting with animal births, conducting veterinary procedures, or from the disposal of carcasses or fetuses. Humans may also become infected with RVF by ingesting the unpasteurized or uncooked milk of infected animals. Infections have also resulted from the bites of infected mosquitoes.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Rift Valley Fever (RVF).

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