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Clin Microbiol Infect. 2010 Jul;16(7):843-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-0691.2009.02996.x. Epub 2009 Oct 19.

Emergence of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever in Greece.

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First Department of Microbiology, Medical School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.


In the summer of 2008, the first case of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) was observed in Greece. The laboratory diagnosis was established using nested RT-PCR and quantitative real-time RT-PCR. A high viral load and increased levels of cytokines were detected on the third day of illness and the patient died 7 days after the onset of symptoms. Nucleotide sequence analysis revealed that the Greek CCHF virus strain had high sequence identity with other Balkan CCHF virus strains.

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