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Euro Surveill. 2014 Apr 24;19(16):20782.

A case of imported Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus infection and public health response, Greece, April 2014.

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Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Athens, Greece.

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  • Euro Surveill. 2014;19(17):pii/20786.


On 18 April 2014, a case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection was laboratory confirmed in Athens, Greece in a patient returning from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Main symptoms upon initial presentation were protracted fever and diarrhoea, during hospitalisation he developed bilateral pneumonia and his condition worsened. During 14 days prior to onset of illness, he had extensive contact with the healthcare environment in Jeddah. Contact tracing revealed 73 contacts, no secondary cases had occurred by 22 April.

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