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Abstract

Potential pathway for Crimean Congo haemorrhagic fever virus to enter the UK.

Abstract

This article discusses the geographical distribution, zoonotic properties, disease transmission, disease vector and risk factors on the potential introduction of tickborne Crimean Congo haemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) to UK. The risks of zoonotic transmission of CCHFV from the tortoise tick (Hyalomma aegyptium) infesting field-caught spur-thighed tortoises (Testudo graeca) that are commercially traded as exotic pets are highlighted.