Two people, including a doctor, have died due to the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus within the past two weeks in Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.
The provincial director for public health in Jawzjan province, Zabiullah Jussaini, said that the CCHF virus claimed the lives of two people, including a doctor, on Tuesday, Xinhua reported.
According to the official, five more people have fully recovered after contracting the contagious disease from a sick butcher who attended the public hospital for medical attention weeks ago.
Health experts have documented the outbreak of this disease in Afghanistan’s northern area twice. Ten more individuals tested positive, and two deaths were previously reported in Afghanistan’s northern province of Balkh.
The physicians claimed that ticks and domestic animals could spread the virus to humans, and they added that hospitals had placed preventative measures and first aid supplies in place to deal with the illness in the event of an outbreak.
Crimean hemorrhagic fever was the term given to the illness when it was first identified in Crimea in 1944. The disease’s current name came about because it was later identified as the illness’s primary cause in the Congo in 1969.
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever is spread throughout the Mediterranean, Northwestern China, Central Asia, Southern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent. It is most prevalent in Eastern Europe, notably the former Soviet Union.