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Usutu virus infections among blood donors, Austria, July and August 2017 - Raising awareness for diagnostic challenges.
Bakonyi, T; Jungbauer, C; Aberle, SW; Kolodziejek, J; Dimmel, K; Stiasny, K; Allerberger, F; Nowotny, N;
Euro Surveill. 2017; 22(41):
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Jungbauer Christof


Between July and August 2017, seven of 12,047 blood donations from eastern Austria, reacted positive to West Nile virus (WNV) in the cobas test (Roche). Follow-up investigations revealed Usutu virus (USUV) nucleic acid in six of these. Retrospective analyses of four blood donors diagnosed as WNV-infected in 2016 showed one USUV positive. Blood transfusion services and public health authorities in USUV-endemic areas should be aware of a possible increase of human USUV infections.

Useful keywords (using NLM MeSH Indexing)


Blood Donors*

Encephalitis Viruses, Japanese



Nucleic Acid Amplification Techniques/methods*

Polymerase Chain Reaction

RNA, Viral

Retrospective Studies

Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction

West Nile virus/genetics

West Nile virus/isolation*