Woman in UK is diagnosed with deadly Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever after travelling to Asia

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Woman in UK diagnosed with deadly Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever that kills 30% of people it infects, while bleeding from eyes

  • A woman in the UK has contracted the deadly Crimean Congo haemorrhagic fever
  • It is the third case of the tic-borne disease recorded in the UK since 2012
  • The World Health Organization says that about 30% of patients die from the fever

A woman in the UK has been diagnosed with Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever after a trip to Central Asia, the UK Health Security Agency said.

Fever is a viral disease commonly transmitted by ticks and livestock in countries where the disease is endemic.

It is only the third time since 2012 that a case has been identified in the UK.

Health leaders said the risk to public health is low as the disease is usually spread through tick bites (stock image) which are not present in the UK and is not easily transmitted between people

The World Health Organization map shows the distribution of CCHF cases around the world by year.  Turkey, Iran, Uzbekistan and parts of Russia register more than 50 cases per year.  Meanwhile, five to 49 are detected annually in parts of Europe (Bulgaria and Albania), Africa (South Africa, Sudan and Mauritania) and Asia (India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Oman, China and Kazakhstan)

The World Health Organization map shows the distribution of CCHF cases around the world by year. Turkey, Iran, Uzbekistan and parts of Russia register more than 50 cases per year. Meanwhile, five to 49 are detected annually in parts of Europe (Bulgaria and Albania), Africa (South Africa, Sudan and Mauritania) and Asia (India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Oman, China and Kazakhstan)

The woman is receiving specialist care at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

dr. Susan Hopkins, chief medical officer at the UKHSA, said the virus “doesn’t spread easily between humans and the overall risk to the public is very low.”

According to the World Health Organization, about 30 percent of patients die, usually in the second week of infection.

Symptoms come on suddenly and include fever, muscle aches, dizziness, mood swings, confusion, and bleeding in the eyes and skin among a list of others.

The hyalomma tick is the main carrier and is found in North Africa, Asia and Southern and Eastern Europe.

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