Spain confirms case of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever

A middle-aged man diagnosed with Madrid-Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) was admitted to a hospital in the Castile and Leon region of Spain, officials said Thursday.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the disease, with a case fatality rate between 10 and 40 percent, was first detected in Crimea in 1944.

It is common in Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East and Asia, but rarely found elsewhere in Europe. According to the WHO, close contact with blood and body fluids can cause infection among humans.

In a recent Spanish incident, a man was first admitted to a local hospital in the northwestern city of Leon when he showed symptoms of illness after being bitten by a tick, and then transferred to another hospital by military aircraft on Thursday. I did. The Pentagon said.

“He has been bitten by ticks and remains stable despite the clinical severity suggested by the condition,” local health officials said in a statement.

Contact with the blood and tissues of mites and animals is a frequent cause of the disease, causing symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, dizziness, eye pain, photosensitivity, vomiting and sore throat in the early stages. Vomiting that can cause organ failure and internal bleeding.

Spain detected the first case of CCHF in 2011, and a Spanish man died in 2016 after being diagnosed with the disease after being bitten by a tick.