Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever
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From: Travel Health Information and Advice


Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF)
Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) is a tick borne viral disease, that can prove fatal.

Symptoms of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever
In mild cases of contamination with an infected tick, flu like symptoms appear usually only lasting for about a week. In more severe cases however symptoms such as hemorrhaging and organ failure can occur and often prove prove fatal. Symptoms can include:

Cause of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever
CCHF occurs after receiving a bite from an infected tick that are often of the Hyalomma genus. The Ticks are often present in domestic and wild animals such as cattle, sheep, hedgehogs, hares, goats and ostriches.

Areas Infected by Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever
Asia, Middle East, East and West Africa.

Testing For Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever
Blood tests are often required to confirm the disease as well as closely monitoring symptoms.

Preventing Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever
Care should be taken when handling animals in areas where which may be infected with CCHF. Wear plenty of impervious clothing, gloves and insect repellent when handling animals in CCHF areas.

Treatment for Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever
The patient is usually placed into isolation to prevent any further spread of the disease and individual symptoms treated as is necessary.


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