On July 26, a middle-aged Spanish man was hospitalized with symptoms of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever caused by a virus transmitted by an intermediate host, ticks.
The disease is rare but very dangerous, with symptoms including bleeding from the eyes, stomach pain, headache and vomiting. Patients may also experience joint pain, jaundice, mood swings, and red eyes in the early stages of the disease.
Hyalomma ticks are vectors of disease. Photo: Tehran Times.
According to the World Health Organization, the mortality rate for those infected is about 30%, with death occurring within two weeks of illness. Currently, there are no drugs or vaccines that are specifically used to treat or prevent the spread of this strain of dengue.