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In a follow-up on the Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) situation in Afghanistan this year, officials report 806 cumulative cases and 86 deaths (10.67% CFR) through August 5.

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The CCHF-associated deaths were reported from 14 provinces–two-thirds of which were reported from 2 provinces; Kabul (43, 50.0%) and Balkh (13, 15.1%).

Out of the total cases, 805 (99.9%) were above 5 years of age and 245 (30.4%) were females.

CCHF is endemic in Afghanistan; between 2017 and 2022, the total number of suspected cases and deaths reported were 1,971 and 207 respectively. 97.5% (1,922) were over five years of age and females represented 25.9% (510).

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The most frequently reported occupational groups were those dealing with animals (butchers, farmers, shepherds and animal dealers) representing 37.7% (743) followed by housewives (23.2%, 457).