What is the Congolese fever that killed 27 people in Iraq?

A previous official report reported a month ago of 12 deaths from this hemorrhagic fever since early 2022.

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Transmitea bolii occurs “either by tick bites or by contact with the blood or tissues of infected animals, during or immediately after slaughter,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Since the beginning of the year, 162 cases of hemorrhagic fever have been reported, including 27 deaths. Half of those affected are now retable »

“Since the beginning of the year, 162 cases of hemorrhagic fever have been reported, including 27 deaths. Half of those affected are now recovering, “said Health Ministry spokesman Seif al-Badr.

The Ministry of Health is working to “detect cases as early as possible,” Badr said.

Death in 10 to 40% of cases

Many cases (61) have been reported in Dhi Qar, a poor, rural province in the south of the country where cattle, sheep and goats are raised, animals that are so many intermediate hosts of the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever. (FHCC).

Authorities are hunting down slaughterhouses that do not follow hygiene protocols. Several provinces have banned any entry or exit of livestock from the region and have launched disinfection campaigns among the animals.

Disinfection campaigns have been carried out among livestock.


Disinfection campaigns have been carried out among livestock.

SHWAN NAWZAD / AFP

According to the Iraqi Ministry of Health, the people most affected by the hemorrhagic fever are cattle ranchers as well as slaughterhouse employees.

The virus causes death in 10 to 40% of cases. In humans, transmiterea bolii “can occur as a result of direct contact with the blood, secretions, organs or biological fluids of infected subjects,” according to the WHO.

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