Rare case of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever reported in Senegal

A patient with Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic fever has been confirmed in the village of Ndiawdoune, near the town of Saint-Louis.

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Advice For Travellers

Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever has rarely been detected in Senegal, and the risk of exposure for the general traveller is very low. However, persons who will be in contact with cattle should be cautious. 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 found.

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