Notes from the field: Q fever outbreak associated with goat farms--Washington and Montana, 2011.On April 22, 2011, the Q fever bacterium Coxiella burnetii was detected in a goat placenta collected from a farm in Washington, where 14 of 50 (28%) pregnant does had aborted since January. A county health alert advised health-care providers to ask patients with symptoms compatible with Q fever (e.g., fever, headache, chills, and myalgia) about exposure to goats, and the owners of the farm informed purchasers of their goats that C. burnetii had been detected in their herd. On May 25, the county ...201121993345
seroprevalence of coxiella burnetii in washington state domestic goat herds.a caprine herd seroprevalence of coxiella burnetii infection was determined by passive surveillance of domestic goat herds in washington state. serum samples (n=1794) from 105 herds in 31 counties were analyzed for c. burnetii antibodies using a commercially available q fever antibody enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (elisa) test kit. the sera were submitted to the washington animal disease diagnostic laboratory for routine serologic screening over an approximate 1-year period from november, 20 ...201324107207
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