Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus-specific antibody detection in blood donors, Castile-León, Spain, summer 2017 and 2018

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a tick-borne viral disease caused by the CCHF virus (CCHFV). CCHFV is considered an emerging or even a probable re-emerging pathogen in southern Europe. People living in rural areas, especially those involved in animal husbandry and slaughtering, are particularly at risk. Presence of this virus had been reported previously in Spain in 2010.Seroprevalence of CCHFV was between 0.58% and 1.16% in Castile-León, Spain. This is the first study in western Spain that showed circulation of CCHFV in healthy people. Eurosurveillance

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