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

Two cases of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic fever, a doctor and a laborer, have been diagnosed in Bayad taluka administrative division in north Gujarat. This infection has been an ongoing public health problem in Gujarat state over the past 3 years.

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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