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Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever in Pakistan

28 Aug 2018

Mediareport that a 23 year of man was admitted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) in Karachi with Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) on 19 August 2018.

A hospital representative said that the patient’s condition was critical and that this was the eighth CCHF case seen at JPMC this year.

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.