Congo-Crimean fever proves deadly in Iran
The tiny but deadly creature burys itself inside the skin and can be difficult to detect.
Congo-Crimean Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) has killed 8 people in Iran this year while at least 63 people have contracted the disease.
“No less than 8 individuals across the country have died of Congo-Crimean hemorrhagic fever in recent months, and 63 more are believed to have been infected,” said Mohammad Reza Shirzadi, head of Iran Ministry of Health's Zoonoses Disease Department.
“Past history of tick bite, livestock slaughtering, presence of a designated place for animals at home, keeping livestock in the house, and contact history with livestock are among the factors that must be studied on any suspected patients,” the health official said.
The fever had infected 120 people in 2008 from which 19 deaths were reported.
Several cases of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF), an arboviral disease, have been reported since the summer of 1999 across different areas of Iran.
Health officials aim to determine the most important means and patterns of transmission and the epidemiologic characteristics of this disease.