49 people isolated as Crimean Congo Fever hits Lyantonde

This graphic illustration by CDC shows the life cycle of the Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever virus. Hard ticks are both a reservoir and vector for the CCHF virus.

What you need to know:

  • The symptoms are sudden onset of fever, general body weakness, headache severe pain in limbs, bloody diarrhoea and bleeding from body openings.
  • Last year, eight people in Lyantonde District died after presenting similar symptoms, but government did not confirm whether it was CCHF or any other Haemorrhagic fevers.

One person has been confirmed dead and 49 others currently are isolated following an outbreak of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) in Lyantonde District.

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