Outbreaks of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever increase in Gujarat, India

The number of reported outbreaks of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever have doubled in the cattle rearing areas of Gujarat this year compared to last year. While the number of cases of this infection is small, 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.

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