The media has reported a total of 20 deaths in Pakistan in patients suffering from Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) in 2016.
CCHF may be transmitted by contact with the blood of an infected animal; those partaking in animal sacrifice for Eid-ul-Adha ('festival of Sacrifice') may therefore be at greater risk of contracting CCHF.
Advice for Travellers
CCHF is a low risk for the average traveller; it is spread by infected ticks from a reservoir usually in animals such as cattle, sheep and goats. CCHF can also be transmitted by contact with the blood of an infected animal. Avoidance of tick bites is essential in risk areas.
For further information please see: Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever