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Euro Surveill. Re-emergence of animal rabies in northern Greece and subsequent human exposure, October 2012 March 2013

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  • Euro Surveill. Re-emergence of animal rabies in northern Greece and subsequent human exposure, October 2012 March 2013

    [Source: Eurosurveillance, full text: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]
    Eurosurveillance, Volume 18, Issue 18, 02 May 2013

    Rapid communications

    Re-emergence of animal rabies in northern Greece and subsequent human exposure, October 2012 March 2013


    S Tsiodras <SUP>1</SUP><SUP>,2</SUP>, G Dougas<SUP>1</SUP>, A Baka<SUP>1</SUP>, C Billinis <SUP>3</SUP>, S Doudounakis<SUP>4</SUP>, A Balaska<SUP>1</SUP>, T Georgakopoulou<SUP>1</SUP>, G Rigakos<SUP>1</SUP>, V Kontos<SUP>5</SUP>, P Efstathiou<SUP>6</SUP>, A Tsakris<SUP>2</SUP>, C Hadjichristodoulou<SUP>7</SUP>, J Kremastinou<SUP>1</SUP><SUP>,5</SUP>
    1. Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO), Ministry of Health, Athens, Greece
    2. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical School, Athens, Greece
    3. School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece
    4. Directorate General of Veterinary Services / Animal Health Directorate, Ministry of Rural Development and Food, Athens, Greece
    5. National School of Public Health, Athens, Greece
    6. National Health Operations Center of the Ministry of Health (EKEPY), Athens, Greece
    7. Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, University of Thessaly, School of Medicine, Larissa, Greece
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    Citation style for this article: Tsiodras S, Dougas G, Baka A, Billinis C, Doudounakis S, Balaska A, Georgakopoulou T, Rigakos G, Kontos V, Efstathiou P, Tsakris A, Hadjichristodoulou C, Kremastinou J. Re-emergence of animal rabies in northern Greece and subsequent human exposure, October 2012 March 2013. Euro Surveill. 2013;18(18):pii=20474. Available online: http://www.eurosurveillance.org/View...rticleId=20474
    Date of submission: 22 April 2013

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    Greece has been rabies-free since 1987 with no human cases since 1970. During 2012 to 2013, rabies has re-emerged in wild and domestic animals in northern Greece. By end March 2013, rabies was diagnosed in 17 animals including 14 red foxes, two shepherd dogs and one cat; 104 subsequent human exposures required post-exposure prophylaxis according to the World Health Organization criteria. Human exposures occurred within 50 km radius of a confirmed rabies case in a wild or domestic animal, and most frequently stray dogs were involved.
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