Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever has spread to Spain, causing patients to bleed from the eyes

The deadly virus, which causes people to bleed from their eyes and kills 30 percent of those infected, has reached Spain after a man was hospitalized last week.

A man was diagnosed with Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) after being bitten by a tick. Sun reports.

An unnamed patient was admitted to a hospital last week in León, in northwest Spain, and on Thursday the Ministry of Defense transferred him to another hospital.

The Spanish authorities said he “remains in a stable condition, despite the clinical severity that this pathology implies.”

According to the World Health Organization, the mortality rate from CHF is 30 percent.

Symptoms include fever, pain, dizziness, mood swings, confusion, and bleeding, especially of the eyes and skin.

Signs of infection often appear suddenly, and many of those who die from the virus die within two weeks of being diagnosed.

It was first discovered in the Crimea in 1944 and is endemic to Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Balkans.

Cases are rare in Western Europe, with only three cases in Spain since 2011.

In March, a British woman was diagnosed with CHF, the fourth case in the UK since 2012.

She was treated at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

At the time, Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser to the UK Health Agency, said the virus “does not spread easily between people and the overall risk to the population is very low.”

The virus is usually carried by ticks and livestock and transmitted to humans through bites.

It can be transmitted between people through infected blood or bodily fluids.

This article originally appeared on Sun and reproduced with permission

Originally published as Deadly eye-bleeding virus spreads, killing 30 percent of infected victims