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Institute of Novel and Emerging Infectious Diseases (INNT)

National Reference Laboratory for Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHF)

The Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHF) is an 80-120 nm (tick borne) virus with a helical capsid and belongs to the Nairoviruses, whicht is transmitted through ticks. Its incubation time varies between 3 and nine days. Five to six days after the infection with the KKFV the virus can be transmitted via blood or other body fluids through direct contact. No diagnostic samples have been analysed in 2008, a diagnostic protocol using real time has been established.