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Urgent need to control Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever, says WHO official in Oman.

Muscat: There is an urgent need for formulating a comprehensive prevention and control strategy for the Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) in the region in view of the increasing burden of the disease, a top official at the World Health Organisation (WHO), Oman said.

"The CCHF is the most widespread tick-borne viral infection and one of the rapidly emerging viral haemorrhagic fevers in humans, occurring across many countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region," Dr. Abdullah Al Sa'edi, the WHO representative in Oman, said.

"Sporadic human cases and outbreaks of CCHF have been reported from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates," Dr. Abdullah said.

"The situation is particularly alarming in Pakistan, where the trend of CCHF has been steadily increasing from 62 cases in 2012 to 154 cases in 2014, with the fatality rate ranging from 20 to 30 per cent," the official added.

The official was talking at three-day meeting organised by the WHO, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health (MoH), under the patronage of Dr. Mohammed bin Saif Al Hosni, MOH's undersecretary for Health Affairs.

40 participants

The three-day meeting drew 40 participants and presenters from different countries; Oman, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Denmark, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Russia and Afghanistan.

It aims to discuss the technical policies and challenges related to CCHF prevention and control in humans and animals under the "One Health" concept, as well as identify the key strategic actions needed for the prevention and control of CCHF in the region.

It will also discuss different aspects; burdens and trends of the CCHF in the eastern Mediterranean region, effective preventive and control strategies in the animal and human health sector, best practices for control of CCHF, laboratory diagnosis of CCHF and other viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF) in animals and humans among other things.

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Date:Dec 7, 2015
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