Via Digital Journal: Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever case in the U.K. Excerpt:
There has been a laboratory-confirmed case of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF )in a U.K. traveler who was bitten by a tick while on holiday in Bulgaria.
U.K. health authorities have indicated that the patient is responding well to treatment and there is no risk to the general population. However, as a precautionary measure, close contacts of the patient, including hospital staff involved in the patient’s care, have been given health advice and encouraged to contact their doctor if they experience symptoms.
Although Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) can be acquired from an infected person, this would require direct contact with their blood or body fluids and the risk even for close contacts is considered very low.
CCHF is the commonest viral hemorrhagic fever worldwide. It is not found in the U.K. but is endemic in many countries in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe, including Turkey and Bulgaria.
The disease is quite nasty: signs of hemorrhage appear within 3–5 days of the onset of illness. Other symptoms include mood instability, agitation, mental confusion, then follows nosebleeds, rainbow urine and vomiting, and black stools. The liver becomes swollen and painful. Disseminated intravascular coagulation may occur as well as acute kidney failure and shock, and sometimes acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Mike Coston at Avian Flu Diary picked up this story on Friday and has some very helpful context on CCHF.