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Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever in Mauritania

20 Aug 2019

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that one new case of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever from Kithat in the Wilaya of Guidimakha has been confirmed by PCR. A total of seven contacts (four family members and three healthcare workers) have been identified and are being followed-up.

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 an animal reservoir such as cattle, sheep and goats. CCHF can also be transmitted by contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected animal or person. Avoidance of tick bites is essential in risk areas.

For further information see Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever.