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The occurrence of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome in southern parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Coll Antropol. 2009 Dec; 33 Suppl 2:37-42.CA

Abstract

Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H) has been known as an endemic region for hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) for over 50 years. Multiple epidemics of this disease have been registered so far, especially in endemic parts of Central and Northeastern Bosnia, as well as the Sarajevo region. Seroepidemiological investigations demonstrate naturalization of Hantaviruses and their wide spread in B&H. However, there are no studies from the southern areas of B&H, and endemic foci of this disease are unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the distribution and serologic prevalence of Hantavirus infections by testing for specific IgG antibodies against hantaviruses in the population of Herzegovina. This study included two groups of participants. The target group consisted of 300 participants from exposed professional and population groups, and control group included 100 educators with lower exposure to HFRS. Identification of specific IgG antibodies against hantaviruses in 16 participants confirmed an initial assumption about the presence of Hantavirus infections in the region of interest. Seroprevalence of 5% was registered in the "exposed" and 1% in the "unexposed" group. Simultaneous circulation of Puumala (PUU) and Dobrava (DOB) viruses was discovered. The frequency of positive antibody results was higher in the population above 50 years of age, and three times more prevalent in men then at women. The highest proportion of exposed participants (80%) was registered in the municipalities which geographically belong to high or mountainous Herzegovina.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Clinic for Infectious Diseases, University Clinical Hospital Mostar, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. nikolicnikolic@yahoo.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Multicenter Study

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20120399

Citation

Nikolić, Jadranka, et al. "The Occurrence of Hemorrhagic Fever With Renal Syndrome in Southern Parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina." Collegium Antropologicum, vol. 33 Suppl 2, 2009, pp. 37-42.
Nikolić J, Kuzman I, Markotić A, et al. The occurrence of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome in southern parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Coll Antropol. 2009;33 Suppl 2:37-42.
Nikolić, J., Kuzman, I., Markotić, A., Rode, O. D., Curić, I., Ivanković, H. B., & Grgić, S. (2009). The occurrence of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome in southern parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Collegium Antropologicum, 33 Suppl 2, 37-42.
Nikolić J, et al. The Occurrence of Hemorrhagic Fever With Renal Syndrome in Southern Parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Coll Antropol. 2009;33 Suppl 2:37-42. PubMed PMID: 20120399.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The occurrence of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome in southern parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina. AU - Nikolić,Jadranka, AU - Kuzman,Ilija, AU - Markotić,Alemka, AU - Rode,Oktavija Daković, AU - Curić,Ivo, AU - Ivanković,Helien Bebek, AU - Grgić,Svjetlana, PY - 2010/2/3/entrez PY - 2010/2/3/pubmed PY - 2010/3/3/medline SP - 37 EP - 42 JF - Collegium antropologicum JO - Coll Antropol VL - 33 Suppl 2 N2 - Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H) has been known as an endemic region for hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) for over 50 years. Multiple epidemics of this disease have been registered so far, especially in endemic parts of Central and Northeastern Bosnia, as well as the Sarajevo region. Seroepidemiological investigations demonstrate naturalization of Hantaviruses and their wide spread in B&H. However, there are no studies from the southern areas of B&H, and endemic foci of this disease are unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the distribution and serologic prevalence of Hantavirus infections by testing for specific IgG antibodies against hantaviruses in the population of Herzegovina. This study included two groups of participants. The target group consisted of 300 participants from exposed professional and population groups, and control group included 100 educators with lower exposure to HFRS. Identification of specific IgG antibodies against hantaviruses in 16 participants confirmed an initial assumption about the presence of Hantavirus infections in the region of interest. Seroprevalence of 5% was registered in the "exposed" and 1% in the "unexposed" group. Simultaneous circulation of Puumala (PUU) and Dobrava (DOB) viruses was discovered. The frequency of positive antibody results was higher in the population above 50 years of age, and three times more prevalent in men then at women. The highest proportion of exposed participants (80%) was registered in the municipalities which geographically belong to high or mountainous Herzegovina. SN - 0350-6134 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20120399/The_occurrence_of_hemorrhagic_fever_with_renal_syndrome_in_southern_parts_of_Bosnia_and_Herzegovina_ L2 - http://www.diseaseinfosearch.org/result/3317 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -