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Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever in Iran

09 May 2018

Iran reported via media at least 4 cases (including 1 death) of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever on 2 May 2018.

All of the recent cases are in the southern provinces of Kerman (3 cases) and Fars (1 case). In the year to March 2018 there were about 120 cases (including 8 deaths) of CCHF in Iran.

Advice for Travellers

CCHF is found in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe/the Balkans and the Middle East. It 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 see Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever.