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CCHF-INDIA -مرض حمى القرم في الهند

A ProMED-mail post

Date: 4 Dec 2013
Source: The Indian Express [edited]

Outbreaks of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever [CCHF] seem to have
doubled in Gujarat, the 1st state to have reported the prevalence of
this tick-borne viral disease in the country.

In the last 3 years [2011-2013] alone, there have been 30 positive
cases and 14 deaths due to CCHF, half of which were reported in a
cattle-rearing community known as the Bharwads, stated experts who
participated in the day-long conference "Healthy Gujarat: Agenda For
Action," organised by the Gujarat Health and Family Welfare Department
on Tuesday [3 Dec 2013].

"The 1st instance of CCHF was detected in Kolat village near Ahmedabad
in January 2011. That year, there were 4 outbreaks of CCHF. The year
2012 was reportedly milder, with 2 outbreaks. However, in 2013, there
were as many as 8 outbreaks," said Dr Kamlesh Upadhyay, a professor in
the Department of Medicine at Ahmedabad-based BJ Medical College &
Civil Hospital.

"In the last 3 years, there have been 30 positive cases of virus
infection, 50 percent of which are from the Bharwad community," added
Upadhyay, who was speaking on the topic of "Disease Burden" of
Gujarat. "Today, there are 14 sites in Gujarat from where CCHF has

been reported," he said.

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