Outbreak of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic fever in Russia

There are reports that 36 persons have contracted Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever in the Stavropol region. In almost two thirds of the cases, the patients contracted the infection via tick bites while caring for animals and other agricultural work.

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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.