Sporadic cases of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic fever in Pakistan

Sporadic cases of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever continue to be reported in Pakistan. Recently, 2 patients from Sindh Province were hospitalized in the Civil Hospital in Karachi. Last year, 17 cases of this infection were reported in the country, with 9 of them in Sindh province. The majority of cases occurred in people involved in the livestock industry, such as agricultural workers, slaughterhouse workers, and veterinarians.

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.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever.

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