Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever returns to Iran

One man dies of Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) in Mazandaran province, northern Iran

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

One man has died after being diagnosed with the Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF), a highly contagious tick-borne viral disease which can affect both humans as well as wild and domestic animals, in the Mazandaran Province in the northern Iran.

The head of the Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Ghasem Jan Babaei, said that a 29-year-old man from the Chalous district in the Mazandaran province died as a result of CCHF, Iran’s ISNA news agency reported June 20.

According to Azerbaijani news agency Trend, Babaei said that the CCHF case was confirmed in laboratories in the Mazandaran province and Tehran city.

He said the disease appeared to have developed as a result of contact with animals that carry the virus.

This is not the first time that the CCHF infection has been reported in Iran. Fourteen people died in the country as a result of a CCHF outbreak between 2011 and 2012.

The importation of livestocks from the eastern border is considered to be the reason behind the spreading the disease in Iran, Trend reported.

The southeastern provinces of Sistan and Baluchestan had previously recorded the highest number of cases in Iran.

More than 610 cases of the disease have been reported in Iran between 1999 and 2011. In total, 60 of those infected with the virus died.

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