Haemorrhagic fever not new disease- KRG health minister


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SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Health, Saman Barzinji, said on Wednesday (May 18) that haemorrhagic fever is not a new disease; however, it is dangerous as one new suspected infection was recorded in Zakho district in Dohuk province.

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever is a viral haemorrhagic fever usually transmitted by ticks, according to the WHO.

Barzinji said it can also be contracted through contact with animal tissues where the virus has entered the bloodstream during and immediately post-slaughter of animals. 10 to 40 per cent of those who contract the virus die as a result.

He added that the Health Ministry had begun several measures to control and contain the virus and protect people from the disease.

He said the process of identifying infected people is carried out daily in the Kurdistan Region.

Barzinji said that previously a confirmed case in the Erbil governorate was identified, and the patient was sent home after receiving adequate treatment.

(NRT Digital Media)