Iraq Records 20 Hemorrhagic Fever Deaths, 120 Cases

Iraq has recorded 20 deaths caused by the Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) and 120 cases.

An official from the Iraqi Health Ministry, Ruba Falah said that the new cases of CCHF are on the rise across Iraq governorates, including Erbil, Baghdad, Basra, Najaf, Wasit, and Dhi Qar.

“We have launched awareness campaigns in rural areas where cases are more common, and informed the citizens not to keep livestock in neighborhoods as it helps spread virus rapidly,” Falah said.

Speaking to the Shafaq news agency, Falah said that the health ministry has been engaged with the people on how to protect themselves from CCHF because there were more positive cases recorded compared to last year.

“CCHF appears every year around Iraq, but it is deadly so far this year,” Falah added.

Meanwhile, Baghdad Governor, Muhammad Jaber Al-Ata said that they had taken steps to launch awareness programs to sufficiently address the “Hemorrhagic Fever.”

The CCHF virus could easily infect humans through poultry or livestock, and human-to-human transmission is very less.

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