By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

A 49-year-old woman from the Samtskhe-Javakheti region has died from Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF), according to Georgia media.

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She was taken to the Tbilisi Infectious Diseases Hospital after being transferred from the Akhaltsikhe clinic in serious condition.

According to the hospital, the patient was in dire condition, admitted to intensive care; however, they could not save her.

Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever is a widespread disease caused by a tick-borne virus (Nairovirus) of the Bunyaviridae family. The CCHF virus causes severe viral hemorrhagic fever outbreaks, with a case fatality rate of 10–40%.

Animals become infected by the bite of infected ticks and the virus remains in their bloodstream for about one week after infection, allowing the tick-animal-tick cycle to continue when another tick bites. Although a number of tick genera are capable of becoming infected with CCHF virus, ticks of the genus Hyalomma are the principal vector.

The CCHF virus is transmitted to people either by tick bites or through contact with infected animal blood or tissues during and immediately after slaughter. The majority of cases have occurred in people involved in the livestock industry, such as agricultural workers, slaughterhouse workers and veterinarians. Human-to-human transmission is possible.