A man has died in a Madrid hospital from ‘Congo Fever’, otherwise known as Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever. The nurse that treated him has also become infected and is now in isolation. Just under 200 people are being monitored, after they came into contact with the pair.

From the Local

‘Congo fever’ outbreak feared as Spaniard dies from tick bite

A 62-year-old man died from the disease, also known as “Congo fever”, at a Madrid hospital on August 25th, the regional Madrid government said in a statement.

He is believed to have become infected with the virus after he was bitten by a tick while walking in the countryside in the northwestern region of Castile and Leon.

A nurse who treated the man while he was in intensive care in hospital is infected and is being treated in isolation.   

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From the Guardian

Spain moves to contain rare outbreak of fatal tick-borne fever

Nearly 200 people believed to have come into contact with the two victims are now being monitored, the regional health authority said on Thursday.

CCHF, a disease endemic in Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East and some parts of Asia, is caused by a tick-borne virus and has a fatality rate of 10%-40%, according to the World Health Organisation.

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