Public health authorities in France have detected Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus in ticks in the Pyrénées Orientales department bordering north-east Spain. This the first time CCHF virus has been detected in France. To date, there have been no human cases in the area but avoiding tick bites is strongly recommended.
CCHF is a potentially fatal tick-borne viral haemorrhagic fever. It is found in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Eastern/Southern Europe.
CCHF is spread by ticks infected from an animal reservoir such as cattle, sheep and goats. It can also be transmitted by having contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected animal or person.
CCHF is extremely rare in travellers. Those with an increased risk are those visiting an endemic region who may:
Travellers with an increased risk of infection should be aware of the disease and prevent transmission by:
There is no vaccine against CCHF available for use in the UK.
For further information see the Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever page.