Congo fever case reported in Shinas

February 14, 2019

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) has announced that it has imposed veterinary quarantine on a farm in the wilayat of Shinas in North Batinah after it registered a case of Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) in a citizen.

MoAF has also confirmed that the citizen infected is undergoing treatment at Sohar Hospital and his condition is stable.

Experts took samples of tick insects ‘carrier of the disease’ from the animals at the citizen’s farm and other animals in the area and sent them to the laboratory for examination.

MoAF elaborated that experts are guiding the citizen’s family on how to handle animals. “CCHF is caused by a virus carried by ticks. Animals like sheep, goats and cows become carriers after they are bitten by the infected ticks. Humans get infected either by tick-bites or through direct contact with the infected animal’s blood and tissues during or after slaughtering.

“Human-to-human transmission can occur resulting from close contact with blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids from infected persons,” the ministry said.