On 4 February 2020, the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in Mali reported an outbreak of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in Mopti District in the south-east of the country near the border with Burkina Faso. Between 5 January and 2 February 2020, a total of 14 suspected CCHF cases, including seven deaths, were reported.
CCHF is a viral haemorrhagic fever found in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, which generally presents a low risk to the average traveller. CCHF is spread by infected ticks from an animal reservoir such as cattle, sheep and goats, and can also be transmitted by contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected animal or person. Avoidance of tick bites is essential in risk areas.
Further information on CCHF can be found on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.
Source: TRAVAX, 14 February 2020