Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever in Iran (Update 1)
04 Jun 2018
According to media there have been 10 deaths from Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in Iran since the beginning of the Iranian calendar year (21 Mar 2018) and 30 May 2018.
CCHF is widespdread in Iran and tends to appear in spring, becoming more frequent with the beginning of the livestock breeding season. Approximately 10% of infected people die of CCHF.
Annually, some 100 to 150 cases of Crimean-Congo fever are reported 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.