A girl within the UK has been identified with the lethal Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) after travelling to Central Asia.
The viral illness is often transmitted by ticks and livestock animals in international locations the place CCHF is endemic – throughout Africa, the Center East, Asia and the Balkan international locations.
That is the third case within the UK of CCHF, with earlier circumstances recorded in 2012 and 2014, each of which didn’t unfold.
The lady was identified at Cambridge College Hospitals NHS Basis Belief and is at the moment receiving specialist care on the Royal Free Hospital in London.
Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser on the UK Well being Safety Company (UKHSA) stated the virus “doesn’t unfold simply between individuals”, including that the general threat to the general public is “very low”.
She added that the UKHSA was working to contact individuals who have been in shut contact with the girl “to evaluate them as vital and supply recommendation”.
She stated: “UKHSA and the NHS have well-established and sturdy an infection management procedures for coping with circumstances of imported infectious illness and these might be strictly adopted.”
Signs of CCHF embrace fever, muscle ache, dizziness, neck ache and stiffness, backache, complications, sore eyes and sensitivity to mild.
Sufferers may undergo from nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, belly ache, and a sore throat, together with sharp temper swings and confusion.
Dr Sir Michael Jacobs, advisor in infectious ailments on the Royal Free London, stated: “Our high-level isolation unit is run by an skilled workforce of docs, nurses, therapists and laboratory workers and is designed to make sure we are able to safely deal with sufferers with these sort of infections.”
In response to the World Well being Organisation (WHO), CCHF has a fatality price of as much as 40 per cent, and there’s no vaccine for individuals or animals.