A woman in England who just returned from Central Asia has been diagnosed with the deadly Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF).
The unidentified patient was diagnosed with tick-borne disease at Cambridge University Hospitals and was transferred to a London-based speciality unit.
She is only the third verified instance of CCHF in the UK, which can induce mood changes, confusion, and eye haemorrhage.
The disease is mainly transmitted by bites from ticks that aren’t found in the UK, and person-to-person transmission is uncommon, according to health officials.
The woman’s travels in Asia are unknown, although two prior proven cases in the UK were imported from Afghanistan and Bulgaria in 2012 and 2014.
In those cases, no further transmission of the disease was identified, despite the fact that it is fatal in up to 40% of sufferers.
The risk to the public, according to Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical advisor of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), is’very low.’