82 Cases of Congo Haemorrhagic Fever Reported In 2020

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said 82 positive cases of the Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) have been reported in Afghanistan this year, of which five have died.

Akmal Samsor, a spokesperson for the MoPH, said that 20 cases were registered after Eid al-Adha.

CCHF is a deadly viral disease that is transmitted directly to humans through tick bites or contact with the blood, secretions and flesh of infected animals.

Samsor said there had been 315 cases of CCHF reported in 2019, of which 42 had died.

He added that the reduction in cases was due to people following the health advisories.

It is difficult to prevent or control CCHF infections in animals and ticks, but the only realistic option is to use acaridices, a chemical to kill ticks, and to try to eliminate infestations by treating the animal to be slaughtered.

Most cases are reported during or after Eid al-Adha when people do not follow proper measures for slaughtering animals.

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