Ahmedabad, Jan 19 (Agencies): The fatal Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever caused by an animal tick-borne virus has surfaced in Gujarat, claiming the lives of three people
including a doctor and a nurse.

In the wake of the deaths, the state health department has gone on alert and a survey has been undertaken to find out the affected people. A team from the National Institute of
Communicable Diseases (NICD) is likely to arrive here by tomorrow.
    
"A woman from Kolat village in Sanand taluka was the first to die in the first week of January, followed by the doctor who treated her at a private hospital here and the staff nurse who assisted in treatment, who died yesterday of CCHF," Additional Director (Health) Dr Paresh Dave said.
  
Dave, who is in-charge of the team probing the disease, said the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune has also confirmed after testing the samples sent to them, that the
deceased were infected with CCHF, commonly known as Congo fever.
   
The victims have been identified as Amina Momin (30) of Kolat village in Sanand taluka of the district; Dr Gagan Sharma and nurse Asha John of a private hospital here, where
Momin was admitted with high fever, abdominal pain and vomitting.
    
Dave said the state health department began surveillance in Kolat and near by villages in wake of the deaths."A team from NIV has already landed in the city and is
accompanying the team of doctors and veterinarians surveying
villages to look for more suspected cases of CCHF," he said.