Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever – Pakistan
Four individuals tested positive for Crimean-Congo Fever in Quetta, Pakistan. The source of infection is unknown although it is typically linked to house pets.
The circumstances are unknown, but 4 individuals out of 6 suspected cases tested positive. Symptoms usually include ever, muscle pains, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, and bleeding into the skin
4 cases, tested positive at Fatima Jinnah Chest and General Hospital.
There are not government recommendations thus far.
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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