A British woman recently contracted the deadly Crimean-Congolese hemorrhagic fever after returning from Central Asia, where an unidentified woman was diagnosed with tick-borne disease at Cambridge University Hospitals and transferred to a special unit in London.
According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail” it has become the third British flu confirmed by CCHF since 2012, which can cause mood swings, confusion and bleeding in the eyes.
Deadly fever in a woman caused by ticks
Health officials have emphasized that the deadly flu virus is a public health hazard because it is transmitted by tick bites, which are not commonly found in the UK, and are rarely transmitted from person to person.
It is not clear which Asian country the woman traveled to before returning to the UK, but there were two confirmed cases in the UK in 2012 and 2014 from Afghanistan and Bulgaria.
No outbreak has been reported so far, but Dr. Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser to the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA), says up to 40% of those cases are fatal. , The risk to citizens is very low.
Hopkins: “The risk of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever is very low for the general public.”
The latest patient was diagnosed at the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation and is being treated at the Royal Free Hospital in London, which specializes in tropical diseases, according to Hopkins: , It is not easily transmitted to the public and the overall risk to the public is very low. “
He added: “We work with the NHS EI to consult with individuals who have been in close contact with the case before confirming their infection and to assess and advise on what they need.
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