Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever in Pakistan (Punjab)
23 Aug 2017
A case of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) was confirmed at the Holy Family Hospital (HFH) in Rawalpindi on Saturday 19 August 2017.
The patient was taken to Rawalpindi from Attock District, about 80 kilometres away on 14 August. So far in 2017, 22 suspected cases of CCHF have been admitted to HFH of which five have been confirmed.
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.