World Bulletin/News Desk
A man died as a result of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF), a sometimes fatal viral disease contracted from a tick bite, in the Black Sea province of Tokat on Saturday.
Gazi Kalıner was bitten by a tick while taking care of his animals in the fields on April 17. Kalıner extracted the tick by himself and did not immediately seek professional attention. He was taken to Tokat State Hospital and later transferred to the Gaziosmanpaşa University Research and Treatment Hospital when his condition deteriorated.
Doctors at the Gaziosmanpaşa hospital stated that Kalıner is the first person to die due to Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever this year in Turkey; however, there are some patients who are currently receiving treatment for the disease in other hospitals.
According to data released by the Ministry of Health, 174 people died as a result of CCHF in Turkey between 2002 and 2012.
The number of tick bite cases increases as the weather gets warmer and people engage in more activities outdoors. Experts say people who come into contact with a tick should be carefully monitored for 10 days following contact and seek professional medical care if symptoms of fever, headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea present themselves.
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