West Nile encephalitis in Russia 1999-2001: were we ready? Are we ready?

@article{Platonov2001WestNE,
  title={West Nile encephalitis in Russia 1999-2001: were we ready? Are we ready?},
  author={Alexander E Platonov},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
  year={2001},
  volume={951},
  pages={102-16}
}
In 1963-1993, several strains of West Nile virus (WNV) were isolated from ticks, birds, and mosquitoes in the southern area of European Russia and western Siberia. In the same regions, anti-WNV antibody was found in 0.4-8% of healthy adult donors. Sporadic human clinical cases were observed in the delta of the Volga River. In spite of this, WNV infection was not considered by the health authorities as a potentially emerging infection, and the large WNV outbreak in southern Russia, started in… CONTINUE READING

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