In a follow-up on the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) outbreak in Iraq, the first case was reported in the Al-Anbar governorate Monday. The patient is a 25-year-old resident of the Al-Rahhaliya area in Ramadi.
Earlier, the country’s health authorities announced the registration of confirmed cases of the disease in the governorates of Baghdad, Kirkuk, Dhi Qar, and Babil, where some cases of infection led to the death of the infected patients.
In Kurdistan Region, it confirmed that a person had contracted the disease in Erbil governorate.
Since January 2022, the country has recorded 111 cases of the disease in humans, including 19 deaths.
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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