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A patient with fever, and haemorrhagic symptoms was admitted to a hospital in Glasgow on 2 October 2012. Since he had returned from Afghanistan, serum samples were sent for diagnosis at the Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory, where a real-time reverse transcriptase-PCR diagnosis of Crimean – Congo haemorrhagic fever was made within 3 hrs after receipt of the sample. Hereafter the patient was transferred to a high-security infectious diseases unit in London but died on 6 October.



Euro surveillance : bulletin Europeen sur les maladies transmissibles = European communicable disease bulletin

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Microbiology Services Division, Health Protection Agency, Salisbury, United Kingdom.


Humans, Hemorrhagic Fever Virus, Crimean-Congo, Hemorrhagic Fever, Crimean, Immunoglobulin G, Immunoglobulin M, Biological Markers, Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction, Disease Outbreaks, Travel, Molecular Sequence Data, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, London, Male