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VIRAL ETIOLOGY OF DISEASES OF THE CRIMEAN HEMORRHAGIC FEVER TYPE IN ASTRAKHAN OBLAST,
NAVAL MEDICAL RESEARCH UNIT NO 3 CAIRO (EGYPT) DEPT OF MEDICAL ZOOLOGY
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In 2 observations 1955, the application of pyrogenic therapy to mental patients, by inoculating sera from hemorrhagic fever patients, made it possible to reproduce this peculiar illness with relatively moderate hemorrhagic syndrome. This not only demonstrated viral etiology of the CHF type of illness encountered in Astrakhan Oblast, but also confirmed the noticable similarity if not same identity between the clinical picture of the experimentally induced illness and the Astrakhan and Crimean cases of hemorrhagic fever. Supplementary data obtained in this manner, show the presence of Crimean hemorrhagic fever in Astrakhan Oblast. The virus of CHF preserved at low temperature 4 and -8C was capable of living in the human blood for 25 days. Author
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