A disease that could kill four in ten patients has been discovered for the first time in southern France.
A tick carrying Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever was found on a farm in the Eastern Pyrenees region, located near the border with Spain.
The disease, which is similar to Ebola, is wreaking havoc in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Balkans. It has also already been discovered in some Western European countries, such as Spain.
Many experts have sounded the alarm about the spread of the virus, saying that it is a matter of time before cases of infection are recorded in the north of the continent.
The World Health Organization has listed Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever as one of nine diseases to be aware of worldwide. It is usually transmitted through tick bites or contact with the body fluids of an infected person.
The virus shares several symptoms with Ebola, such as body aches, abdominal pain, sore throat, fever and vomiting. It can also cause bleeding from the nose or eyes. There is no vaccine to prevent the disease.
there French public health It recommends that residents wear closed shoes and long, light-colored clothing when walking in nature, avoid walking in tall grass, use skin repellents, and screen themselves when returning from a walk in the woods, to separate ticks from their skin if this occurs. bite and monitor their general condition in the month following exposure.
According to information received from daily Mail
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