Seroprevalence of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever virus in humans at risk group in an endemic area

Abstract number: 1734_134

Ozkurt Z., Yilmaz N., Ertek M., Ertürk A., Aydemir A., Toprak S., Kara S.

Objectives: Recently, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) has been seen in some geographic area in Turkey. A seroepidemiological survey was carried out to determine the prevalence of CCHF virus activity in humans at risk group at an endemic area during 2004.

Methods: Sera samples were obtained from a total of 250 people consist of 114 farmers, 80 healthcare workers, 44 slaughterhouse workers and 12 veterinarians. CCHF virus immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody was investigated by ELISA technique.

Results: Anti-CCHFV IgG was found in 19 of 114 (16.6%) farmers, 16 of 80 (20%) healthcare workers, 6 of 44 (13.6%) slaughterhouse workers, 3 of 12 (25%) veterinarians. In healthcare workers anti-CCHFV antibodies were detected in 7/20 (35.0%) nurses, 5/35 (14.2%) laboratory technicians and 3/25 (12%) physicians.

Conclusion: These data showed that humans may have been inapparent CCHF infection when they exposure the virus. Persons at risk group should be trained, and contact precautions should be strictly applied for prevention of the disease.

Session Details

Date: 31/03/2007
Time: 00:00-00:00
Session name: European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Location: ICC, Munich, Germany
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