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Euro Surveill. TULARAEMIA IN BERLIN – TWO INDEPENDENT CASES IN TRAVELLERS RETURNING FROM CENTRAL ANATOLIA, TURKEY, FEBRUARY 2011

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  • Euro Surveill. TULARAEMIA IN BERLIN – TWO INDEPENDENT CASES IN TRAVELLERS RETURNING FROM CENTRAL ANATOLIA, TURKEY, FEBRUARY 2011

    [Source: Eurosurveillance, full text: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]

    Eurosurveillance, Volume 16, Issue 18, 05 May 2011

    Rapid communications


    TULARAEMIA IN BERLIN – TWO INDEPENDENT CASES IN TRAVELLERS RETURNING FROM CENTRAL ANATOLIA, TURKEY, FEBRUARY 2011


    A Schubert 1, W Splettstoesser 2, J Bätzing-Feigenbaum 1

    1) Infectious Disease Protection and Epidemiology Unit, State Office for Health and Social Affairs (LAGeSo), Federal State of Berlin, Berlin, Germany
    2) German Reference Laboratory for Tularaemia, Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology, Munich, Germany

    Citation style for this article: Schubert A, Splettstoesser W, Bätzing-Feigenbaum J. Tularaemia in Berlin – two independent cases in travellers returning from central Anatolia, Turkey, February 2011. Euro Surveill. 2011;16(18):pii=19860. Available online: http://www.eurosurveillance.org/View...rticleId=19860

    Date of submission: 18 April 2011


    Tularaemia, though rare, has recently been increasingly reported in Germany. Most cases are indigenous infections. This report describes two epidemiologically independent infections with Francisella tularensis subspecies holarctica detected in Berlin in February 2011 that were acquired in central Anatolia, Turkey. In Turkey, there have been repeated tularaemia outbreaks since 2000 and the disease should therefore be considered as a differential diagnosis in travellers returning from that country.

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