By NewsDesk   @bactiman63

South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has reported an additional  confirmed Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) case in a 54-year-old man from the Ventersdorp surrounds, North West province in the first week of May 2019.

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This is the third case of CCHF reported in South Africa for 2019 to date. The previous cases were Free State and Northern Cape provinces.

The man lives on a farm and removed a tick from his face before falling ill. The patient is recovering in the isolation ward of the Tshepong/Klerksdorp hospital. The diagnosis of CCHF was confirmed by laboratory testing at NICD.

CCHF is caused by a virus that is mostly transmitted to humans through bites of the hyalomma tick, although exposures related to contact with infected animal tissues and blood have also been reported. CCHF is mostly reported in farmers, veterinarians, abattoir workers, hunters and other individuals who are at higher risk of exposure to the hyalomma ticks.

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