Second death due to Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever in Pakistan

A second person (a young child) from the Barkhan district of Balochistan has died this year from Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic fever.

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Advice For Travellers

The virus occurs in many areas of Pakistan, including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Sindh provinces this year and in various parts of Pakistan last year.

While the risk for the general traveller is very low, any risk can be reduced by avoiding 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.