When Greek medical expert Sotirios Tsiodras wrote publicly about the coronavirus in…2014


When Greek medical expert Sotirios Tsiodras wrote publicly about the coronavirus in…2014


A case of imported Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus infection and public health response, Greece, April 2014


Article (PDF Available)inEurosurveillance: bulletin europeen sur les maladies transmissibles = European communicable disease bulletin Euro Surveill(19 (16)):20782 · April 2014 with 995 Reads

DOI: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES2014.19.16.20782

Sotirios Tsiodras at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Agoritsa Baka at Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO)

Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO)


Abstract:
On 18 April 2014, a case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection was laboratory confirmed in Athens, Greece in a patient returning from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Main symptoms upon initial presentation were protracted fever and diarrhoea, during hospitalisation he developed bilateral pneumonia and his condition worsened. During 14 days prior to onset of illness, he had extensive contact with the healthcare environment in Jeddah. Contact tracing revealed 73 contacts, no secondary cases had occurred by 22 April.