Diseases that were unique to particular countries are being brought into other countries by way of travellers. In the USA a deadly hantavirus has affected many tourists. In Uganda an Ebola virus has also killed. In the UK a 38-year-old man has been ill with Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever. Sadly it has been announced that he has died in hospital.
The man's journey began in Kabul, Afghanistan. He travelled via Dubai. Once in the UK he was initially treat at a hospital in Glasgow, Scotland. He was transferred to the Royal Free London NHS Foundation hospital where he died.
Even in ill health his travelling continued. There will have been practical reasons for his hospital transfer but you have to wonder how prudent that was. Confining such illnesses and diseases to a small area would make better sense.
This tick borne fever is fatal in a third of all cases. The man is the first fatality in the UK from this haeorrghagic fever.
SkyNews has offered some information which may help in identifying the disease: Early symptoms include headaches, fever, vomiting and back, joint and stomach pain. They can also include red eyes, red spots on the roof of the mouth and jaundice.
We should not panic though as this death is currently unique in the UK. Let's hope it stays that way. If you have any concerns you need to conatct NHS24 for advice on 08000 858531.
The fever is fairly widespread in many areas of Africa and the Middle East.
More advice from SkyNews:
The exotic viral infection is endemic in countries across Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
It is transmitted by ticks, commonly the hyalomma, or through contact with animal tissue during or after slaughter.
The incubation period depends on how the virus was picked up. After a tick bite, it is usually one to three days. The maximum is nine days.
After contact with infected blood or tissue – it is usually five to six days, with a maximum of 13.
The onset of symptoms is sudden. They include: fever, aching muscles or sore eyes. There could also be vomiting and abdominal pain.
It can become more severe over the next few days with bleeding in various places, including the nose and gums.
The mortality rate is about 30%, with death coming in the second week of illness.
To treat the disease, blood components have to replaced. Antiviral drug Ribavirin has also proven effective.