He went to the hospital with a complaint of pain, a tick came out of his ear

In Erzincan, there has been an increase in cases of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF), which occurs with a tick bite in summer. Head of Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Mengücek Gazi Training and Research Hospital, Assoc. Dr Faruk Karakeçili said this increase will continue until August-September. experts; He wonders if people with symptoms such as fever, weakness and joint pain go to the fields and if they do agriculture. Although cases were observed in Erzincan from May, 2 people were diagnosed with CCHF. It was learned that the condition of these treated people was not serious.

There are many cases of CCHF every year, especially in Central Anatolia and the Eastern Black Sea regions of neighboring provinces to Central Anatolia, especially in the Kelkit Valley area. The disease is also common in the center of Erzincan and in the rural areas of the districts. Experts predict that the number of CCHF cases will continue to rise in the coming days.

On the other hand, a citizen in Erzincan reported to the Mengücek Gazi Training and Research Hospital complaining of pain in his ear. As a result of the doctors’ examination, it was found that there was a tick in the patient’s ear. Then the tick was carefully removed from the patient’s ear by specialized doctors and the patient was treated. The patient was discharged with no health problems.
Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Erzincan Mengücek Gazi Training and Research Hospital. Dr Faruk Karakeçili stated that with the warming of the weather, the number of cases will increase in the coming period, just like last year, saying: “Crimea-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a disease that we see every year in our region. It still persists in a serious way. Normally we saw about 30-40 cases in the last 10 years, until the pandemic period in 2019. However, we have seen a significant increase in this number in the last 2 years. In other words, while we see 30-40 cases per year, we’ve seen about 100 cases in the last 2 years and the cases have been a bit more severe. Another important point is that when we interviewed the surrounding provinces, such as Erzurum and Sivas, where the cases were intense, there was a similar situation there. This year was very rainy and a bit cold. Cases will be seen until October – November. We see the greatest density from May and peaks in June – July, as every year. In this context, I would particularly like to warn our rural citizens. Fever, muscle aches, weakness etc. It can be accompanied by symptoms such as bleeding and can cause serious deaths. In this regard, our citizens living in rural areas should be alert to diseases, and when their complaints begin, they should immediately contact health facilities when such symptoms are observed, so that we can provide the necessary support and care with early intervention and treatment to the diagnosed patients.

‘What to do to prevent ticks’

associate Dr. Faruk Karakeçili also warned citizens about the measures they can take, saying: “What can be done for those who go to the countryside or go for a picnic? As we all know, we call ticks on the ground. It doesn’t fly and the tree doesn’t fly over it etc. they don’t fall on us. For example, among the simplest and most effective methods, very simple measures can be taken, such as tucking pants into socks, wearing light-colored clothing, wearing closed-toe shoes instead of sandals, spraying insect repellent on trouser legs, or feet when we go out in the countryside. Another important point is that we will certainly check on our return from the countryside. The tick sticks, but we may not notice it. “If so, we have to find it,” he said.

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