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Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever in Afghanistan

28 Aug 2018

According to media reports  on 27 August 2018, there have been at least 18 recent cases of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) in Afghanistan. 

Dr. Shah Wali Marufi of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), said the recent cases are linked to animal sacrifice during the festival of Eid ul Adha which began on 21 August. Most cases occurred in Kabul and western Herat province.

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.