According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), CCHF is transmitted through ticks and is caused by the Nairovirus.
By Super Justice
A highly dangerous virus called Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is causing widespread panic as it spreads rapidly across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Recent reports from The Mirror indicate that CCHF has emerged in Iraq and Namibia, with cases also detected in Spain and fatalities recorded in Pakistan. Experts have expressed concerns that climate change is contributing to the accelerated transmission of the virus, prompting an urgent health warning.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), CCHF is transmitted through ticks and is caused by the Nairovirus. The disease has a fatality rate ranging from 10 to 40 percent. Sources within the British Parliament’s Science, Innovation, and Technology Committee have deemed it “highly likely” that cases may soon emerge in the United Kingdom. During a hearing, James Wood, head of veterinary medicine at Cambridge University, stated that CCHF could potentially be introduced to the UK through ticks.
There are growing concerns that the virus is expanding beyond its usual territories and inching closer to countries like Britain and France due to the impacts of climate change. The symptoms of CCHF include headache, high fever, joint and back pain, stomach ache, vomiting, red eyes, flushed face, red throat, and red spots on the palate called petechiae.
In severe cases, patients may experience jaundice, mood swings, and sensory perception issues. As the illness progresses, extensive bruising, severe nosebleeds, and uncontrolled bleeding at injection sites may occur, typically starting around the fourth day of illness and lasting for approximately two weeks. Previous outbreaks of CCHF have resulted in fatality rates ranging from nine percent to as high as 50 percent among hospitalized patients. The long-term effects of CCHF infection on survivors have not been extensively studied, making it difficult to determine specific complications. However, recovery is known to be slow.
Iraq faced a significant battle against the disease last year, with 212 incidents reported between January 1 and May 22. Out of these, 169 cases were reported in April and May alone. Recent data from May indicated that Iraq has witnessed almost 100 additional cases and 13 deaths thus far in 2023, attributed to CCHF.