Kurdistan reports human death linked to Crimean-Congo fever outbreak

Shar Park and Qaysari Bazaars, Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq, Middle East

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Erbil Health reported a human death linked to the Crimean-Congo fever outbreak, according to Esta Media reporter on Wednesday. 

“18-year-old, Erbil citizen, Chizan Hamid died in hospital due to Congo fever after three days under medical care,” the reporter said.

Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever causes severe hemorrhaging, with people usually catching it through contact with the blood of infected animals, according to the World Health Organization.

The fever has a fatality rate of between 10 and 40 percent in all cases.

The disease has been endemic to Iraq since 1979, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). At times, small outbreaks have been reported, with the last outbreak happening in 2022 summer.

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