By NewsDesk @bactiman63
The Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus has been the cause of 100-plus human infections in Iran annually since it was first reported about a decade ago.
This calendar year in Iran (which begins in March), the Ministry of Health has reported 54 CCHF cases, including five deaths, The Tehran Times reports.
Behzad Amiri, head of zoonotic diseases department at the Ministry of Health noted the disease incidence is especially high over warm seasons because the ticks become more active.
According to WHO, CCHF 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%.
CCHF is endemic in Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East and Asian countries south of the 50th parallel north – the geographical limit of the principal tick vector.