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Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Overview

What is Congo hemorrhagic fever?
A person with Congo hemorrhagic fever has a viral infection that is transmitted to humans by ticks. The illness can cause a fever, flu-like symptoms, and a rash. The illness can progress to become life threatening. Congo hemorrhagic fever occurs in Europe, the Mediterranean, China, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and India.

What are the symptoms of Congo hemorrhagic fever?
Congo hemorrhagic fever causes a flu-like illness that starts within one week of the tick bite. The initial symptoms are mild, but may become severe very quickly. The most common initial symptoms of Congo hemorrhagic fever include abdominal pain, back pain, body aches, fever, joint pain, nausea and vomiting.

How does the doctor treat Congo hemorrhagic fever?
Treatment for Congo hemorrhagic fever may include rest, fluids, antiviral medications, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever control.

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Last Updated: Aug 18, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Congo Hemorrhagic Fever References
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