Rare tick-borne disease diagnosed in Madrid

Over 200 people are being closely monitored to make sure they haven't contracted the disease

The latest victim is in Spain's leading hospital for infectious diseases, the Carlos III in Madrid, and is reported to be in a serious but stable condition (Photo: EFE)

HEALTH authorities in Madrid have been working to contain an outbreak of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF), a rare disease which is caused by a virus carried by ticks. A 62-year-old man died a fortnight ago and the nurse who treated him also contracted the disease and has been placed in isolation and is reported to be stable.

Last Thursday, the region’s health chiefs said over 200 people who are known to have been in contact with the victims are being closely monitored and by the weekend, two suspected cases had tested negative.

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