Travel, Viruses

Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever and Travel

Author Dr. Stephen Berger , 05-07-2014

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Reports of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) related to travel are rare. The following chronology is abstracted from GIDEON. [1]

1985 – South Africa ex. Democratic Republic of Congo (fatal).
1986 – South Africa ex. Tanzania (nonfatal)
1997 – An English traveler died of probable CCHF contracted in Zimbabwe.
2001 – A German tourist acquired Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever in Bulgaria.
2004 – A case of imported Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (nonfatal) was reported in a traveler returning to France from Senegal. Infection in a second French national was diagnosed locally in Senegal.
2009 – An American soldier died in a hospital in Germany after contracting Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever in Afghanistan.
2011 – An outbreak (4 cases) in a Pakistan hospital was related to an index patient who had arrived from Afghanistan.
2012 – A patient died of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever in Scotland following acquisition of the disease in Afghanistan.
2013 – A woman died of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever in Uganda following contact with her infected husband in South Sudan.
2014 – A British traveler acquired Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever in Bulgaria.

1. Berger SA. Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever: Global Status, 2014. 41 pages, 21 graphs, 658 references.

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