3 Die of CCHF, 28 Infected

3 Die of CCHF, 28 Infected3 Die of CCHF, 28 Infected

Three people lost their lives and 28 people have been infected with the Crimean–Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) in the current year (started March 20), said Mohammad Mahdi Gouya, head of the Health Ministry’s Infectious Diseases Department, on Sunday.

“The three victims were from the provinces of Isfahan, Hormozgan and Kermanshah,” IRNA quoted him as saying.

A zoonotic disease, it is carried by several domestic and wild animals. CCHF virus can be transmitted through contact with infected livestock or people. “The virus is primarily transmitted to people from ticks and animals.”  He said the disease cannot be transmitted by eating cooked meat. “Cooking meat and refrigerating fresh meat can reduce the transmission risk to zero.”  Earlier, he had advised against buying meat at places like roadsides and urged people to check Iran Veterinary Organization’s endorsement on meat products before making purchases. Last year, 62 Iranians were infected with the life-threatening virus among whom, six people lost their lives.

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