Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever: New terrifying FEVER sweeps Europe…and there’s no vaccine
FIRST there was Zika, and now it’s Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever – but how much do you know about the disease sweeping across Europe?
By FELICITY THISTLETHWAITE
Thu, Sep 8, 2016
Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a virus primarily transmitted to people from ticks and animals. While it might not be a commonly-discussed disease, CCHF outbreaks – which causes severe viral haemorrhagic fever outbreaks – have a fatality rate of up to 40 per cent, according to the World Health Organisation.
Worryingly the virus is primarily transmitted to people from ticks and livestock animals – but human-to-human transmission can occur after close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected persons.
There is no vaccine available for either people or animals.
The panic around CCHF is spreading fast after a man died in Spain from the disease.
El Espanol, a national newspaper in Spain, reported on the issue again today after the Ministry of Health published a report about the virus.
The paper claims the report was triggered by the appearance of ticks “infected with the virus in the province of Cáceres” – a city in western Spain’s Extremadura region.
Raul, the 62 year-old man who died, contracting the CCHF disease during a walk in the Castilla-Leon region.
The death is believed to be the first non-imported case of the disease reported in Western Europe. It is believed the disease came from a tick bite.