Seroepidemiology of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever in the Local and Imported Sheep in Isfahan Province, Iran, 2002


Behrooz Ataei 1 , * , Hamid Reza Touluei 2 , Sadegh Chinikar 3 , Mohammad Darvishi 1 , Navid Jalali 1 , Morteza Izadi 1 , Owrang Eilami 1 , Mehdi Mirkhani 1 , Masoud Mardani 4

1 Department of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Executive assistant of Health Centre in Isfahan province, Iran

3 National Laboratory of Arboviruses and Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers, Pasteur Institute of Iran

4 Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine Research Center, Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

How to Cite: Ataei B, Touluei H R, Chinikar S , Darvishi M, Jalali N, et al. Seroepidemiology of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever in the Local and Imported Sheep in Isfahan Province, Iran, 2002, Arch Clin Infect Dis. 2006 ; 1(1):e93384.


Archives of Clinical Infectious Diseases: 1 (1); e93384
Published Online: January 30, 2006
Article Type: Research Article
Received: May 12, 2019
Accepted: September 07, 2005


Background: Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is an arboviral zoonotic infection with several reported cases in Iran. The present study was conducted with the aim of establishing effective ways to reduce exposure to the infectious agent and to organize appropriate policies for importing animals. Materials and methods: For this cross sectional study, 372 local and 372 imported sheep were randomly selected and the presence of CCHF-related IgG antibody and tick on their body were investigated. Results: Totally, 286 (76.9%) of local and 223 (57.8%) of imported sheep were seropositive, however, their difference did not reach a statistical significant level. Ticks were found on the body surface of 115 (31%) local sheep, but imported sheep lacked any tick on their body. Conclusion: Our results revealed the endemic spreading of CCHF in sheep in Isfahan province. Further studies in other parts of Iran may pave the way for better understanding of the CCHF epidemiology in Iran.



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