Fatal fever spreading in Iran
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 2
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever has caused the death of one man in Iran in recent days, Bashir Khaleghi, an Iranian MP, said.
Kaleghi, who is a member of the Parliament’s Health Commission, said that at least four people have so far caught the disease in the recent days, ILNA news agency reported.
The cases have been reported in Iran’s south eastern province of Kerman (three case) and southern province of Fars(one case), he added.
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a widespread tick-borne viral disease that is endemic in Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East and Asia. The virus is a member of the Bunyaviridae family of RNA viruses.
It is a zoonotic disease carried by several domestic and wild animals. While clinical disease is rare in infected animals, it is severe in infected humans, with a mortality rate of 10-40 percent.
Since 2000, at least 1,000 cases of Crimean-Congo fever have been reported in Iran, according to the Iranian officials.
In last fiscal year, ended March 2018, some 120 people caught the virus, 8 of them died.