What is Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever?

Today, I decided to write a bit about an obscure disease that the majority of infectious diseases specialists have never seen.

What is it?

Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever is a tick-born disease caused by a virus.

Where is it found?

It has a wide geographical distribution from western China to the Balkans, from South Africa to Middle East (Greece, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Albenia, Russia, South Africa, Iran and Turkey). There has been a rapid increase in its incidence in Turkey and Iran within the last decade, and cases have been reported in Spain.

Why should I care?

It has a mortality rate of up to 30%.

But I don’t live in Greece, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Albenia, etc.

As we learn from Ebola, Zika, and XDR-TB, we all live on the same planet.

What can I do to protect myself?

Learn more about emerging infectious diseases and support the work of CDC, WHO, etc.

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