A new toll of hemorrhagic fever victims in Iraq

A new toll of hemorrhagic fever victims in Iraq

The Iraqi Ministry of Health announced, on Saturday, that the infections of hemorrhagic fever have reached 162 cases, including 27 deaths, since the beginning of the year, while the authorities are trying to limit the spread of this viral disease transmitted through

The authorities had announced only one month ago that 12 deaths from the disease had been reported.

In turn, the spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Saif Al-Badr , Saturday, that “the last official statistic regarding hemorrhagic fever since the beginning of this year is the registration of 162 cases, including 27 deaths.”

The first death in Erbil

He pointed out that Erbil Governorate, in the autonomous Kurdistan region, recorded the first death, adding at the same time that “half of the injuries recovered.”

Al-Badr also confirmed to AFP that the ministry is working on “early detection of cases and providing health care, education and awareness.”

The majority of injuries were recorded in Dhi Qar Governorate (61 injuries), located in The south of the country, which is a poor rural area where cows, sheep, goats and buffaloes are raised, all of which are intermediate animals that transmit this disease. What The authorities sought to control the situation and put an end to non-compliance with health measures. Strict measures were imposed to prevent the phenomenon of indiscriminate slaughter, which often spreads in popular neighborhoods, in addition to preventing the transfer of livestock from one area to another, and it also carried out disinfection campaigns for animals. According to the Ministry of Health, it is the most vulnerable to contracting the disease.

There is no vaccine for this disease in humans or animals, and its primary symptoms are fever, muscle pain and abdominal pain. But when it develops, it leads to bleeding from the eyes, ears, and nose, leading to failure in the body’s organs, which leads to death, according to the Iraqi Ministry of Health.

While infection with the hemorrhagic fever virus leads to death at an average It ranges between 10 to 40 percent of the infected, according to the World Health Organization.