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According to medics, the Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever has no vaccine and onset can be instant, causing severe internal and external bleeding and especially from the nose. It causes death in as many as two-fifths of cases. Now you will commonly see the health workers, dressed in full protective kit.

The CCHF disease is jumping from animals to humans. The Word Health Organization already reported that by this year alone, Iraq has recorded 19 deaths among 111 CCHF cases in humans.

Currently, in the village of Al-Bujari, a team disinfects animals in a stable next to a house where a woman was infected by the virus. Wearing masks, goggles and overalls, the workers spray a cow and her two calves with pesticides.

Haidar Hantouche, a health official in Dhi Qar province said, "The number of cases recorded is unprecedented."
A poor farming region in southern Iraq, the province accounts for nearly half of Iraq's cases. In previous years, cases could be counted "on the fingers of one hand", he added.

NDTV reported that this disease is transmitted by ticks, hosts of the virus include both wild and farmed animals such as buffalo, cattle, goats and sheep, all of which are common in Dhi Qar.

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