Alkhurma haemorrhagic fever
Alkhurma haemorrhagic fever is a viral haemorrhagic disease reported mainly in Saudi Arabia. The virus was isolated in 1994 from the blood of a butcher with a severe illness in Jeddah. This patient became sick after he slaughtered a sheep imported from the city of Alkhurma, Makkah province. Since 1994, about 40 human cases have been confirmed according to published reports.
The aetiological agent is a Flavivirus genetically belonging to the tickborne group that is very closely related to Kyasanur forest disease virus, a severe tick-borne hemorrhagic disease reported in India (Karnataka state). Read more facts about Alkhurma haemorrhagic fever
Information on ticks
Geographical distribution of tick species in Europe, including Ixodes Ricinus, vector of babesiosis.
How to prevent tick bites?
The risk of tick-borne infections is reduced by avoiding tick bites and removing ticks from the body.