Warning on Congo Fever

Warning on Congo FeverWarning on Congo Fever

The Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) has been contracted by nine people so far with three fatalities, since the start of the current Iranian year (began March 21), said head of the Disease Control Center at the Health Ministry, Dr. Mohammad Reza Shirzadi.  “People who are in close contact with livestock must observe hygiene by changing and washing clothes after exiting stables or barns since the disease has no outer symptoms in animals,” he said, ISNA reported. CCHF virus causes severe viral hemorrhagic fever outbreaks and has fatality rate of up to 40%. The virus is primarily transmitted to people from ticks and livestock animals. It is most common during warm seasons. CCHF is endemic in Africa, the Balkans, Middle East and Asia. There is no vaccine for either people or animals to treat the disease.