Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever – Iraq
One woman dead from Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever in Baghdad, Iraq
The death was announced in one of Khalis districts a few weeks ago. No other patients have been reported.
The veterinary teams sterilized materials in the deceased person’s house and neighboring houses. Preventive measures were put in place to prevent the movement of livestock and avoid transmission of infections. The tick-borne disease is commonly spread between man and animal.
Photo: Hyalomma ticks are the principal vector of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever.
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever is a disease caused by a tick-borne virus. The virus is widespread in Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Madagascar.
Prevention is by avoiding tick bites, but also agricultural, slaughterhouse, and veterinarians are at risk of catching the disease through contact with animals. Human-to-human transmission is also possible.
The virus may have evolved around 1500-1100 BC. It is thought that changing climate and agricultural practices near this time could be behind its evolution. In 1944, Soviet scientists first identified the disease they called Crimean hemorrhagic fever in Crimea.
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