Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Tick Alert! Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever in Russia

A Russian man died on the 27th of April of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, making it the second year in which fatal cases of CCHF have broken out in the southern districts of Russia. Nearly 30 other individuals have been identified as having had close contact with the victim, 3 of which have been hospitalized for observation. The other contacts are under close surveillance. Active surveillance for additional cases is being carried out by healthcare workers in the district. The Head of the Russian Trade and Sanitary Inspection Authority, believes that this year’s early tick activity signify a high probability of a more widespread CCHF outbreak in the region.


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