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Investigators track deadly disease

09 October 2012 10:29

The tick-borne disease is deadly in upwards of 30% of human cases

The tick-borne disease is deadly in upwards of 30% of human cases

Investigators are monitoring people who travelled near a man that died after returning to the UK with an infectious, viral disease.The man, 38, died in hospital on Saturday from Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF). He flew into Glasgow from Afghanistan on Tuesday on a connecting flight from Dubai. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said it has identified and contacted four passengers who may have had contact with the patient on the Emirates flight from Dubai to Glasgow.

The health board said two of them - one who remained in "close proximity" to the ill man during the flight - will be monitored on a daily basis for the next two weeks for any developments.The other two passengers do not require follow-up surveillance and the risk to all other passengers on the flight is "extremely low", it added.

Common in East and West Africa, CCHF is a widespread tick-borne viral disease that is deadly in upwards of 30% of human cases. A protective measure for all travellers is medical travel insurance. The initial symptoms come on suddenly and include headache, back, joint and stomach pain, high fever and vomiting. The Health Protection Agency said it was the first laboratory-confirmed case of CCHF in the UK. The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, where the man was flown after being admitted to hospital in Glasgow, said: "Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever can be acquired from an infected patient only through direct contact with their blood or body fluids, therefore there is no risk to the general public."