Confirmed case of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever in Scotland
Passengers who were on this flight who have any concerns are being asked to contact the NHS24 helpline on 08000 85 85 31.
CCHF is a widespread tick-borne virus, It is uncommon in western Europe but is endemic in parts of eastern and southern Europe, central Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. These ticks are often found on cattle, sheep, goats, birds and small mammals such as rodents, hares and hedgehogs. Transmission is usually from a tick bite, by crushing them with bare hands or with contact through infected blood or tissue from livestock. There is also a possible risk from infected persons through contaminated sharps and blood through broken skin.
Symptoms usually occur 1-3 days after a tick bite or 5-6 days after contact from infected blood. Early symptoms include fever, malaise, weakness, irritability, headache, sensitivity to light, anorexia and severe pain in the limbs and loin.
There is no vaccination or medication available to stop CCHF so bite avoidance is essential. Long sleeved clothing, trousers and socks should be worn and be treated with clothing spray (EX4) trousers should be tucked into socks or boots. Insect repellants such as DEET and Picaridin available at The Travel Clinic.Ltd should be used on all exposed skin. People should inspect their bodies daily for ticks after exposure and remove them carefully with a tick remover. Do not use cigarettes, petroleum jelly or alcohol