Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF)


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Aug 7, 2001
Congo Fever: Patient dies in hospital

A 38-year-old man who contracted Crimean-Congo Viral Haemorrhagic Fever (CCVHF) has died in hospital.
The man was diagnosed with the rare tropical disease after flying into Glasgow on Tuesday. He was returning from Kabul in Afghanistan.
He was transferred on Friday to the Royal Free Hospital in London on a special RAF isolation aircraft.
A spokesman for the hospital confirmed on Saturday morning that the man had died.

The Royal Free Hospital houses the national specialist centre for the management of patients with hazardous infections.
It is the first case of CCVHF to have been confirmed in the UK.

The patient had originally been admitted to the specialist Brownlee unit in Glasgow's Gartnavel General Hospital less than three hours after returning to the city on Emirates flight EK027 from Dubai.
He had driven home from Glasgow Airport using his own vehicle before seeking medical help.
Two passengers sitting close to him on the flight from Dubai are being monitored as a precaution.

But a further two passengers who were also contacted by health authorities do not require any follow-up, Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board has said.

Public health consultant, Dr Syed Ahmed, who is coordinating the investigations into this case, said: "The risk of person to person transmission of Crimean Congo Viral Haemorrhagic Fever is very low as it can only be transmitted by direct contact with infected blood and body fluids.
"It is not a virus which is transmitted through the air.
"The monitoring of these two passengers is purely precautionary and is in line the national guidance for the management of cases such as this."
The health authority has said the risk to all other passengers was "extremely low" but advised anyone with concerns to contact NHS 24.

CCVHF is a zoonosis - a disease found in animals that can infect humans.
Outbreaks are usually linked to contact with blood or body fluids from infected animals or people.
Onset is sudden, with initial symptoms including high fever, joint pain, stomach pain, and vomiting.
Red eyes, a flushed face and red spots in the throat are also common.

As the illness progresses, patients can develop large areas of severe bruising, severe nosebleeds, and uncontrolled bleeding. ... t-19856504
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A rare case of CCHF has emerged in Spain.
Deadly eye-bleeding virus which kills up to a third of patients reaches Europe

A middle-aged man has been hospitalised after catching a deadly fever with grim symptoms like bleeding from the eyes.

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a rare but unpleasant disease not native to the UK and the man was initially treated in a hospital in the Castile and Leon region of Spain, before being airlifted elsewhere.

Mortality rates are around 30% with death occurring within two weeks of the illness, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

There are a range of symptoms known to include bleeding from the eyes, stomach pain, headache and vomiting. ...

As the virus progresses, symptoms can worsen to encompass "large areas of severe bruising" and "severe nosebleeds".

While little is known about the recovery phases, it is generally expected to be slow.

At present, there is no drug available specifically to treat CCHF, nor a vaccine against it ...

The name comes from the virus first being identified in Crimea in 1944, before it was first isolated in the Congo region over a decade later.

The virus is generally limited to the Balkans along with North Africa, Spain, Turkey and Russia and cases in Western and Northern Europe are few and far between.

A woman was confirmed by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) as having caught the virus in March earlier this year, but chief medical adviser Dr Susan Hopkins insisted the illness "does not spread easily between people and the overall risk to the public is very low". ...
Close the borders! Stop letting people in from Africa until they have been medically checked!
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