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Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever hits Iranian market hard

Staff Writer |
The spread of the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever in Iran has caused serious concern among Iranians, as many refrain from buying red meat.

“After the spread of the disease, people refuse to buy red meat, which has led to a slump in sheepmeat sales,” chairman of Sheepmeat Union, Ali Asghar Maleki, was quoted as saying by Mehr News Agency.

Following the decline in demand, sheepmeat prices have fallen by 20,000 rials ($0.5) per kilogram, he added.

Maleki warned of more disruption in the market, if the trend continues.

CCHF is a widespread tick-borne viral disease that is now endemic in Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East and Asia. Symptoms include fever, muscle pain, dizziness, neck pain and stiffness, backache, headache, sore eyes and photophobia.

It is a zoonotic disease carried by several domestic and wild animals.

While clinical disease is rare in infected animals, it is severe in infected humans, with a mortality rate of 10–40%. Outbreaks of illness are usually attributed to Hyalomma tick bites and contact with infected animals or people.

Thirty-eight cases of infection with the disease have so far been confirmed in Iran, three of whom have lost their lives.

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