A total of 16 new suspected Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) cases were reported last
week in Afghanistan, according to the World Health Organization.
The new cases were reported in Herat (4), Takhar (4), Kabul (4), Balkh (2), Laghman (1) and Parwan (1) provinces.
This brings the total for 2022 to date to 115 cases from 22 provinces.
Eight CCHF associated deaths were reported from Herat (3), Kapisa (2), Nangarhar (2) and Kabul (1) provinces since the beginning of the year.
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever is a tick-borne viral disease of zoonotic origin. The virus is primarily transmitted to people from ticks and livestock animals. People working with livestock animals and handling animal tissues, such as butchers and slaughterhouse workers, are at risk of infection.
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