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In a follow-up on the situation with Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in North Macedonia, the Institute of Public Health of the Republic of North Macedonia reported Monday on the third human case of the viral disease in the country:


In the late evening hours of 08/12/2023, the Department of Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases at IJZ RSM was notified by phone about a positive result of Congo Crimean hemorrhagic fever from the tests performed on material received from the Clinic for Infectious Diseases and Febrile Conditions.

The tests were done at the Department of Virology at the IJZ.

The sick person is a 42-year-old man from Veles, transferred to the Clinic from Veles General Hospital on the same day.

The onset of the symptoms of elevated temperature up to 38°C, headache, body pain, malaise and profuse sweating, is 5 days before the examination at the General Hospital in Veles.

CJZ Veles was immediately notified to form a team that did an epidemiological survey of the patient, a risk assessment in the family and the persons who were in contact in the health facilities.

Currently, the patient is hospitalized at the Clinic for Infectious Diseases and Febrile Conditions and is in a stable general condition.

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In the context of the One health approach, the Food and Veterinary Agency was contacted for additional research in the field.

The Department of Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases at IJZ is in communication with CJZ Veles and monitors the situation, and if there is a change, it will inform accordingly.

The 1st case of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever was confirmed in a 27-year-old woman from Kuchica village, Shtip, who died. She was bitten by a tick. The 2nd infected case is a nurse who was in contact with the woman from Shtipsko during her stay at the Clinic for Infectious Diseases in Skopje.