Emergencies preparedness, response

2001- Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever in Kosovo - Update

11 June 2001

Disease Outbreak Reported

The etiology of the disease reported on 8 June has now been laboratory confirmed as Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF). The WHO Collaborating Centre for Arbovirus and Haemorrhagic Fever Reference and Research in Ljubljana, Slovenia, a partner in the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, reported to WHO on 9 June that multiple samples received late on 8 June were positive when tested by PCR and anti-CCHF virus IgM assays.  A staff member from the collaborating centre in Slovenia traveled to Pristina, Kosovo to assist with the collection and handling of the specimens.

WHO has been requested to provide further technical assistance to the Kosovo health authorities.