One of the primary ways Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever enters the food chain is through virus-carrying ticks. Photo: Rudaw TV
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The Kurdistan Regional Government has
devoted some $338,000 to prevent the spread of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever
"As Ministry of Finance, we devoted 400 million Iraqi
dinars to stop the spread of haemorrhagic fever in the Kurdistan Region. We are
ready to devote more money if necessary," KRG Finance Minister Rebaz
Hamlan, told Rudaw on Thursday night.
On July 1, the first case of the virus was detected in
Kurdistan. A 15-year old shepherd from the Sidakan area of Erbil province was
admitted to Ashti Hospital in Soran and then transferred to Erbil after doctors
detected symptoms of the viral fever.
The condition of the boy is stable and he is still under
protection according to Erbil medical authorities.
CCHF is caused by a tick-borne virus. The primary mode of
transmission to humans is via ticks or livestock. Human-to-human transmission
is possible via bodily fluids – close contact with the blood or other
secretions of a person infected with the virus.
KRG’s health ministry also has established medical
committees in the Kurdistan Region's hospitals to take necessary measurements
against the spread of CCHF. The requested for people to avoid any contact with
dead animal bodies and use medical mask and gloves while contacting with
The Iraqi government also has taken medical measurements
against CCHF as three cases of deaths caused by the fever in Iraq's Euphrates
Valley were recorded at end of June.