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Alkhurma hemorrhagic fever (AHF)

Saudi Gazette

“…..Internist Dr. Sami Barood, former director general of health in Jeddah, said Alkhurma was first discovered among six patients in 1994. It is named after Alkhurma, a kind of sheep found in a township of the same name close to Taif.

Later 11 cases have been discovered in Khumra, south Jedd…… There were new outbreaks of the hemorrhagic fever in 1999 and 2001 and 20 new cases were reported between 2001 and 2003.

Barood said domesticated animals such as cats and rabbits are likely carriers and transmitters of Alkhurma virus from animals to humans. “There is no scientific proof confirming the disease being transmitted through mosquitoes,” he said.

People who drink fresh milk of cow, sheep and camel without boiling may contract the disease……”




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