By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Junta de Castilla y León, through the General Directorate of Public Health and its Epidemiology Service, has confirmed a case of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in the province of Salamanca.

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Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever is caused by a virus, the main transmission mechanism of which is the bite of the tick of the genus “Hyalomma” , although it can also be transmitted from person to person through contact with the patient’s blood or fluids, which can occur especially in health personnel when they are not properly protected.

The now confirmed case is a 59-year-old man who, after symptomatology compatible with the FHCC and referring, due to his profession as a farmer, contact with animals and recent tick bites, have had the appropriate analyzes that have been positive to the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, as confirmed by the ‘Carlos III’ Health Institute.

The patient has been hospitalized for several days in the Infectious Diseases Service in a room with the isolation measures provided in these cases and his clinical condition is stable.

From Public Health and in coordination with the healthcare field, as soon as the suspicion of this possible case was established, the protocol of action and coordination between the health authorities of the Ministry of Health and the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León, sending blood samples from the patient to the National Microbiology Center and adopting the appropriate protection measures for health professionals.

Likewise, the Epidemiology Section of the Territorial Health Service of the Junta de Castilla y León, in collaboration with the health professionals of the Salamanca University Assistance Complex, has identified the contacts of the affected person to indicate the follow-up to be carried out, consisting of surveillance periodically of your body temperature and in the communication of any changes in your state of health.

The General Directorate of Public Health of the Junta de Castilla y León maintains information available to the population and health professionals on risks, in order to avoid new infections as much as possible.

Regarding the prevention of tick bites, the health authorities recall the importance of wearing appropriate clothing and footwear during field trips, as well as traveling on the roads and using repellants for both people and pets; It is also necessary to insist that the ticks that may have been fixed must be removed as soon as possible and appropriately, preferably by health professionals.

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