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Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever among health care workers in Iran: A seroprevalence study in two endemic regions

(2007) Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever among health care workers in Iran: A seroprevalence study in two endemic regions. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. pp. 443-445. ISSN 0002-9637

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Abstract

Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) has repeatedly caused nosocomial outbreaks among hospital staff. In the summer of 2003, we studied the seroprevalence of anti-CCHF IgG among health care workers who had come in contact with Crimean-Conuo hemorrhagic fever patients from three referral hospitals in endemic regions of Iran. A total of 223 eligible staff were examined. Whereas 5 of 129 (3.87) exposed health care workers tested positive, none of the 94 in the unexposed group did (P = 0.075). Seropositivity was more frequent among those whose intact skin had come in contact with nonsanguineous body fluids (9.52) and those who had had percutaneous contacts (7.14). Health care workers exposed to Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever patients, those who live in Systan-Baluchestan province, and older health care workers were more prone to seropositivity. Where introduction of high-risk modes of contact cannot be confined, we propose that health care workers take all the protective measures when handling Critnean-Congo hemorrhagic fever patients, particularly their blood and other body fluids.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: nosocomial outbreak risk-assessment virus pakistan infections antibodies province sudan Public, Environmental & Occupational Health Tropical Medicine
Page Range: pp. 443-445
Journal or Publication Title: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Journal Index: ISI
Volume: 76
Number: 3
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.2007.76.443
ISSN: 0002-9637
Depositing User: خانم مهدیه رضائی پور
URI: http://eprints.zaums.ac.ir/id/eprint/2893

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