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[a q-fever pneumonia epidemic in dusseldorf].there was an unusually high incidence of atypical pneumonias in the catchment area of the rhine river near the university of düsseldorf in july 1994 during a long period of hot and dry weather. the 18 patients described in this paper (5 women and 13 men) complained of sudden onset of fever up to over 40 degrees c, often associated with severe headache and dry cough. almost all of these patients had previously been healthy and active and of young to middle age (average 38 years) without any bronc ...19968927605
serological survey of bartonella spp., borrelia burgdorferi, brucella spp., coxiella burnetii, francisella tularensis, leptospira spp., echinococcus, hanta-, tbe- and xmr-virus infection in employees of two forestry enterprises in north rhine-westphalia, germany, 2011-2013.we initiated a survey to collect basic data on the frequency and regional distribution of various zoonoses in 722 employees of forestry enterprises in the german state of north rhine-westphalia (nrw) from 2011 to 2013. exposures associated with seropositivity were identified to give insight into the possible risk factors for infection with each pathogen. 41.2% of participants were found to be seropositive for anti-bartonella igg, 30.6% for anti-borrelia burgdorferi igg, 14.2% for anti-leptospira ...201526422407
serological diagnosis and follow-up of asymptomatic and acute q fever infections.during an outbreak of q fever at a farmer's market in soest (north rhine-westphalia, germany) in 2003, we examined 263 serum samples of presumably infected persons for q fever antibodies. one hundred and seventy-one of these patients were tested positive for acute q fever infection. furthermore, 29 persons of certain risk groups like pregnant women (n=11) or patients with valvular heart disease (n=18) were examined. among these, in four pregnant women and two heart patients an acute but asymptom ...200616524773
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