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Identification of new endemic tick-borne encephalitis foci in Poland - a pilot seroprevalence study in selected regions


Paweł Stefanoff, Joanna Siennicka, Jarosław Kaba, Mariusz Nowicki, Emoke Ferenczi, Włodzimierz Gut.


Int J Med Microbiol 2008; 298 (Suppl. 1): 102-107.

An important paper, summarising tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) seroprevalence in Poland - both ongoing project and historic data. We documented that the proportion of persons who had contact with the TBE virus did not differ between so-called "endemic" (where many cases are reported each year) and non-endemic areas, which are considered disease-free because no cases are reported. It was presented on an international conference on tick-borne diseases and published in a supplement of a reputable journal. Although it was first indexed in PubMed, it was removed from the index few years later because of a policy change (no manuscripts published in journal supplements). I am proud of this publication, since it is well written, peer-reviewed and quite widely cited!

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