Small outbreak of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic fever in western Pakistan

At least 4 people were infected with the virus that causes Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic fever in a small village of Killi Blump, not far from the city of Zhob. Two of the cases died. Although this disease does occur in this region, the risk for travellers is low. 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. The infection can also spread from person to person by infected blood. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to CCHF 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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