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Latest Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever Stories

2013-08-20 09:52:57

When University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston researchers set out to study Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus, they faced a daunting challenge. The deadly virus requires biosafety level 4 containment, and it's carried by ticks. That meant that if scientists wanted to study the transmission of the virus, they had to do something that had never been done before: find a way to work safely with the tiny, tough bugs in a maximum containment "spacesuit lab." "It was completely new...

Guineafowl May Spread, Not Stop, Fever-bearing Ticks
2012-11-30 13:15:48

University of Utah Turkey raises and releases thousands of non-native guineafowl to eat ticks that carry the deadly Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus. Yet research suggests guineafowl eat few ticks, but carry the parasites on their feathers, possibly spreading the disease they were meant to stop, says a Turkish biologist working at the University of Utah. "They are introducing a species that is not eating many ticks, based on studies of stomach content, and is carrying the ticks,...

Crimean Congo Virus Unlikely To Spread
2012-10-07 10:23:28

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The UK's first laboratory confirmed case of Crimean Congo Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (CCVHF) has died. Even so, health officials are stressing that this will not become a public outbreak. The Health Protection Agency is adamant the 38-year-old unnamed man poses no threat to others. "It can be acquired from an infected patient, but this requires direct contact with their blood or body fluids. Therefore, there is no risk to the...

Bas-Congo virus
2012-09-28 13:47:39

John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An intriguing new virus from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been identified as the cause of a deadly outbreak of acute hemorrhagic fever, which killed two people and left one gravely ill in the summer of 2009. Described this week in the open-access journal PLoS Pathogens the new microbe has been named Bas-Congo virus (BASV) after the province in the southwest corner of the Congo where the three people lived. The virus...

2010-05-18 12:57:20

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus is a rare but serious human infection that causes internal bleeding, organ failure and ultimately death. Scientists writing in the Journal of General Virology have developed a new model to study CCHF which should enhance the development of vaccines and antivirals against this deadly disease. CCHF virus is a tick-borne pathogen that infects (but does not cause disease in) wild and domestic animals in many countries in Africa, Europe and Asia....

2008-07-04 09:00:43

A farm worker's death from Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever from a tick bite in northern Greece put hospitals on alert Friday, Greek health officials said. Autopsy results on an unidentified 49-year-old woman in Komotini confirmed she had triggered an infection by removing the tick herself that led to fatal organ failure, the Kathimerini news service reported. Six other workers who had been bitten went to doctors to have the ticks removed and didn't contract the condition, the report said....

2005-11-26 03:59:06

KARACHI (Reuters) - Hemorrhagic fever has killed at least five people, including a woman doctor, and infected around 45 people in Pakistan's biggest city of Karachi, health officials said on Saturday. The cause of the death of Yusra Afaq, a doctor in a government-run hospital, last week has been identified as Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever. The remaining four deaths, which occurred over the last six weeks, were also caused by hemorrhagic fever but the exact type was still not...