Alkhurma Hemorrhagic Fever Virus RNA in Hyalomma rufipes Ticks Infesting Migratory Birds, Europe and Asia Minor

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Hoffman T., Lindeborg M., Barboutis C., Erciyas Yavuz K., Evander M., Fransson T., ...More

EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES, vol.24, no.5, pp.879-882, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.3201/eid2405.171369
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.879-882
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: Yes


Alkhurma hemorrhagic fever virus RNA was detected in immature Hyalomma rufipes ticks infesting northward migratory birds caught in the North Mediterranean Basin. This finding suggests a role for birds in the ecology of the Alkhurma hemorrhagic fever virus and a potential mechanism for dissemination to novel regions. Increased surveillance is warranted.