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MoAF urges precaution to avoid CCHF

MoAF urges precaution to avoid CCHF

‘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.’

The ministry has asked animal keepers to preserve stockyards clean and use modern day methods to diagnose and administer serums for veterinary quarantines.

‘Make sure to keep slaughter animals at approved municipal abattoirs only and dispose slaughterwaste in bags and dump them in designated areas. Ensure animals are free of ticks. Use tissues when handling animal waste. Be sure not to touch, crush or remove ticks by hand, wear protective clothing (long sleeves and trousers), gloves and long boots,’ the ministry mentioned.

CCHF is brought on by a virus carried by ticks. Animals like sheep, goats and cows grow to be carriers right after they are bitten by infected ticks. Humans get infected either by tick bites or by means of direct get in touch with with the infected animal’s blood and tissues in the course of or right after slaughtering. Human-to-human transmission can take place resulting from close get in touch with with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected persons,’ the ministry mentioned.

The Ministry of Health has also urged folks to be cautious and report to a healthcare centre inside 24hrs if CCHF symptoms are identified in any particular person. ‘CCHF symptoms include fever, muscle ache, dizziness, neck pain and stiffness, back pain, headache, sore eyes and photophobia.’

Due to the unavailability of CCHF vaccines for humans, the ministry has urged folks to take preventive measures.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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