Crimean-congo hemorrhagic fever in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2010: Case report

Laila Mohamed Al Dabal, Mohmamed Reza Rahimi Shahmirzadi, Samar Baderldin, Ali Abro, Ali Zaki, Zulfa Dessi, Essa Al Eassa, Gulfaraz Khan, Hassan Shuri, Abid Mustafa Alwan

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Introduction: Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a severe infectious disease that is not endemic in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Case Presentation: We report two cases of confirmed CCHF diagnosed in Dubai, UAE, during Hajj season 2010. Both patients presented with an acute history of high-grade fever, skin rash, and hematemesis. Conclusions: In spite of maximal supportive measures and intravenous ribavirin therapy, both patients died within a few days from start of illness. More than 250 health care workers came into variable degrees of contact with the index cases, and none of them developed signs or symptoms suggestive of acquiring the illness. Health care workers from nonendemic regions should be aware of zoonotic hemorrhagic fevers imported via infected cattle and ticks and be able to diagnose and properly manage suspected cases in a timely manner. In addition, proper infection-control measures should be undertaken to prevent nosocomial spread of infection.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere38374
JournalIranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016


  • CCHF
  • Health CareWorkers
  • Infection Control
  • UAE

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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