Early start to tick season

Cases of tick-borne Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) have cropped up earlier in the season this year and, according to a computer-translated article, they are ‘spreading faster in comparison to the previous seasons’. Tokat province in the mid-Black Sea region of Anatolia was the location of the first case this year. Read more

Advice for travellers

Sporadic cases of CCHF virus occur in Turkey. The disease, which has a fatality rate of 10-40%, is more common in Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East, and Asia, as well as countries south of the 50th parallel north. CCHF virus presents a low risk for most traveller as it is transmitted either directly by tick bites or through contact with the blood or tissue of infected animals during and immediately after slaughter. Read more about the virus.

Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.