Captured in July, 2014, this image depicts a team of Pakistani Field Epidemiology Training Program (PFETP) residents, as they were conducting an investigation of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) in Golrasharif, Islamabad, Pakistan, after the Pakistan Institute of Health reported that a patient from that area died from the disease. PFETP residents identified a family member, who also tested positive for CCHF. This disease has a 40% mortality rate, and is transmitted to humans by tick bites. Further investigation by the team revealed animals infested with ticks. Here the team was checking a family goat for a tick infestation.
”CCHF is caused by infection with a tick-borne virus (Nairovirus) in the family Bunyaviridae. The disease was first characterized in the Crimea in 1944 and given the name Crimean hemorrhagic fever. It was then later recognized in 1969 as the cause of illness in the Congo, thus resulting in the current name of the disease.”
”CCHF is found in Eastern Europe, particularly in the former Soviet Union, throughout the Mediterranean, in northwestern China, central Asia, southern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent.”
The FETP trains workers on the ground to help countries build sustainable capacity for detecting and responding to health threats. The program develops in-country expertise so that disease outbreaks can be detected locally and prevented from spreading.
For more on the FETP, or CCHF, see the links below.