40 cases recorded this year

Two farmers in Kirkuk diagnosed with hemorrhagic fever

KIRKUK – Two residents from Kirkuk’s Hawija district have been diagnosed with hemorrhagic fever, confirmed by medical tests conducted by Kirkuk’s Health Directorate.

Both individuals are currently receiving medical supervision in the hospital.

Saman Yaba, spokesperson for the Kirkuk Health Directorate, told 964media, “The two infected individuals are believed to be involved in livestock farming. They have been admitted to the hospital, and their health condition is stable.”

Following the diagnosis, a team from Kirkuk Veterinary Hospital visited the homes of the affected individuals, conducting thorough disinfection procedures and testing all animals, homes, and children in the district.

In response to the recent cases, the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture has launched a vaccination campaign in livestock farms across 15 provinces, excluding the Kurdistan Region.

This initiative comes after the recording of 40 hemorrhagic fever cases this year in the provinces of Baghdad, Nineveh, Dhi Qar, and Babil, resulting in five deaths.

The Ministry announced the commencement of a campaign on April 15, involving 246 teams tasked with administering vaccines in livestock farms. Priority has been given to Dhi Qar province, which has reported the highest number of hemorrhagic fever cases. In comparison, last year witnessed 545 cases of hemorrhagic fever and 70 fatalities across various provinces in Iraq.