In Erzincan, there is an increase in Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) cases that occur with tick bites during the summer season. Experts worry that during the pandemic, the number of cases will increase as people turn to vineyards, gardens and nature.
SYMPTOMS LIKE COVID-19
Another worrying situation is that Covid-19 and CCHF disease show similar symptoms. Experts; It questions whether people with symptoms such as fever, weakness and joint pain go out to the field, as well as whether they are farming or not. While the number of cases increased in Erzincan as of May, 7 people were treated at the hospital.
Head of Infectious Diseases Clinical Microbiology Department Assoc. Dr. Faruk Karakeçili said, “We, as Erzincan province, followed 30-40 patients every year, while we followed more than 100 patients during the pandemic period last year, as people withdrew to rural areas. In this respect, I would like to call our citizens to be careful. were treated and now we have 3 patients inpatient. ” said.
CCHF CASES MAY INCREASE
Warning that tick cases may increase, Assoc. Dr. Faruk Karakeçili said, “As you know, the whole world, our country and our city have been dealing with a pandemic for about 1.5 years. But apart from this covid pandemic, we have another problem. Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever that begins in these seasons, especially in the summer. As we all know, we are also dealing with a disease transmitted by ticks. We see CCHF in our region every year, especially from April-May. This year, we started to see our first cases. We have hospitalized 7 patients so far. But it will increase even more as the weather gets warmer and sunny. We want to draw attention from this point of view. We invite our citizens to be especially careful about the precautions against the tick. ” he spoke.
“MORE THAN 100 CASES LAST YEAR”
Emphasizing that there may be an increase in CCHF cases due to the shift of citizens from city centers to rural areas during the pandemic period, Assoc. Dr. Faruk Karakeçili said, “Another important point is that every year we see 30, 40 and sometimes nearly 50 dignity in Erzincan. But last year, we followed over 100 Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever patients for the first time during the pandemic period. We have also published this as a study in a journal. When we think about the reasons and when we discuss, the first thing that comes to our minds is that during the pandemic period, people turned to rural areas rather than city centers and metropolises. We thought this increased the tick contact. Currently, the curfew, along with the restrictions, is pushing people to their villages in the countryside. There are also citizens coming from outside the city and from abroad. There are many citizens who travel from the city centers to the countryside, mostly during the summer months. We are starting to see tick cases now. Since the Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever, in other words, is a rural disease, I urge our citizens to be careful against the tick. ” gave his statements.
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