Thursday, May 8, 2008

Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever in Turkey

In the past week, 5 people in the Samsun province of Turkey have died on what has been confirmed to be Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever. Four more patients are currently hospitalized with characteristic symptoms of CCHF. Half a dozen more children from the central Anatolian region are also under surveillance. The Turkish health ministry is attempting to increase public awareness about the dangers of tick bites, which are the vector of CCHF, and are encouraging people who have been bitten to seek medical care quickly, particularly if they experience fever, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea after being bitten.

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- Claire

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