Cases of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in Erzincan have increased over the past two years compared to previous years. Patients from Erzincan and surrounding towns with suspected CCHF are treated at the Mengücek Gazi Training and Research Hospital. For the upcoming Eid al-Adha, the department manager of the Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Forestry, Animal Health, Animal Breeding and Fisheries, Veterinarian Yunus Koç, stated that animals sold as sacrificial animals should be checked for ticks and warned both buyers and sellers.
‘ANIMALS MUST BE CHECKED BEFORE GOING TO THE MARKET’
Yunus Koç, Animal Health Breeding and Fisheries Department Manager, stated that animals brought as sacrificial animals should be checked by both buyers and sellers, saying: “Crimea-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a zoonotic and viral disease transmitted by ticks . Those who are engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry belong to the risk group for this disease. Ahead is Eid-al-Adha. Our citizens who go to the animal market to select victims should take their personal precautions before going. Since there is no possibility to completely remove or destroy the tick, personal measures are very important in the fight against Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF). Citizens who go to the animal market to select animals as part of personal measures must wear dense, light-colored clothing with long sleeves and tuck their pants into their socks. Again, before contacting any animals, we recommend that they contact the animals after visually examining them and seeing that there are no ticks. On the other hand, we advise our breeders who bring animals to the pet market, to spray them with anti-tick medicines that leave no residue in the meat, and to take them to the animal markets after making sure that no ticks are carried by them. examine with their eyes. If tick adhesion also occurs, it is very important to remove it with gloves, not with bare hands.
‘YEAR-LONG TICK REMEDIES SHOULD NOT BE IGNORED’
In his statement, Koç stressed that the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry sprays once a year in the fight against ticks, but the importance of animal breeders to carry out this spraying with their own resources throughout the year, saying: “If the Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Forestry, we provide the tick control products that our ministry provides to our breeders every year. We spray ourselves, but since it is limited, we naturally recommend that our breeders continue this spraying with their own resources throughout the year . years,” he said.