Sporadic cases of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic fever in Gujarat, India

There have been 6 clusters of cases of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever in the state of Gujarat. Cases have been reported in the districts of Amreli, Sanand, Bhuj and Patan. This infection is now considered to be endemic (present) in this state.

The risk for the general traveller 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. 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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