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[prevalence of antibodies against coxiella burnetii in 2 geographical zones of tuscany].q fever, caused by coxiella burneti, was first identified as a separate syndrome in 1937 in australia. usually it takes the form of an acute atypic lung pneumonia disease, but subclinic or non-typical forms are also known. q fever is a zoonoses. the most important source of infection is represented by sheep; the transmission to man occurs by vectors (ticks), or more often by carriers as aerosol, non-pasteurized milk and dairy products. in italy the first outbreaks of q fever date back to the end ...19892483896
cystic echinococcosis in equids in italy.between march 2003 and february 2007, the livers and the lungs of 2,231 horses from various italian regions were examined for cystic echinococcosis presence at the time of slaughter. hydatid cysts were found in six horses, namely four from sardinia, one from sicily, and one from tuscany. the location, number, morphology, and fertility of the cysts found were determined. dna was extracted from the germinal layers and protoscoleces of the fertile cysts and polymerase chain reactions (pcr) were per ...200818180956
prevalence of toxoplasmosis among domestic and wild animals in the area of siena, italy. 19695768772
the lido as venice's refuse tip: dalmatian sheep and the 1819 elephant.the lido of venice is an island twelve kilometers long and between a hundred and one thousand meters wide. the citizans of venice and many turists can't imagine today, what lido was some centuries ago initially totally sandy, it was fertilized by means of a continuous supply of venice's garbage (the "scoasse"). in addition to the "scoasse", damaged foodstuffs and the waste of the vegetable market were also sent to the lido. other fertilisers originated from the dung of the cattle and sheep arriv ...200415307245
survey for antibodies to arboviruses in man and animals in italy. iv. serological status of human beings and animals in a central italian region (grosseto province). 1977616265
levels and profiles of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, polychlorinated dibenzofurans, and polychlorinated biphenyls in feedstuffs and milk from farms in the vicinity of incineration plants in tuscany, italy.levels of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (pcdds), polychlorinated dibenzofurans (pcdfs), and polychlorobiphenyls (pcbs) were determined in samples of bovine and ovine milk collected in farms located in the province of grosseto, tuscany, in the vicinity of two incineration plants as well as in farms located in areas with presumable background levels of contamination. samples of feedstuffs of local origin used in the investigated farms were also collected and analysed. the cumulative levels of ...200919083138
cystic echinococcosis in italy from the 1950s to present.in italy the epidemiological pattern of cistic echinococcosis (ce) is incomplete and the information for most regions is out of date, contradictory, and almost exclusively limited to the intermediate hosts. the disease is found most frequently in particular social and economic conditions: widespread use of extensive or semi-extensive sheep farming, illegal slaughtering, and high numbers of sheepdogs and other types of dogs. the highest incidence in sheep is found in sardinia (70.6-92.8%), sicily ...200416044697
geographical and seasonal distribution of the bluetongue virus vector, culicoides imicola, in central italy.following the first incursion of bluetongue virus (btv) into italy, the geographical and seasonal distribution of the biting midge culicoides imicola kieffer (diptera: ceratopogonidae), the main vector of btv and african horse sickness virus, was investigated in two regions of central italy (lazio and tuscany). surveillance of culicoides was carried out between july 2001 and december 2002 using light traps: 1917 collections were made in 381 trap sites, well distributed across both regions. durin ...200314651652
epidemiological study of the intestinal helminths of wild boar (sus scrofa) and mouflon (ovis gmelini musimon) in central italy.since 1995 the population of wild ungulates increased significantly in the "parco provinciale dei monti livornesi" (livorno, tuscany, central italy). we studied the intestinal macroparasites of two hosts, the wild boar (sus scrofa) and the mouflon (ovis gmelini musimon). in the case of wild boars we found a dominant parasite species, globocephalus urosubulatus. for this parasite the frequency distribution of the number of parasites per host agrees with a negative binomial distribution. there is ...200212701385
isolation of encephalomyocarditis virus from dormice (myoxus glis) in italy.two isolates of encephalomyocarditis (emc) virus (zrc 276ra/90 and zrc 292ra/90) were isolated from two dormice (myoxus glis) in tuscany, italy. the two isolates were lethal for laboratory mice and caused a rapid cytopathic effect characterized by rounded and wrinkled cells in both baby hamster kidney cells (bhk21) and african green monkey kidney cells (vero). we found neutralizing antibodies against emc virus in 408 (77%) of 529 domestic pigs (sus scrofa scrofa) and in 165 (49%) of 338 wild boa ...19958583644
[epidemiological remarks on the "s. arizonae" strains isolated from various animals in tuscany during 1969-1978 (author's transl)].after a review of the taxonomic history of the genus arizona culminated in the insertion of these bacteria in the kauffmann-white schema, the most significant references concerning their pathogenicity and occurrence are related. in this paper, the outbreaks and sporadic cases by s. arizonae which occurred in tuscan area during 1969-1978 are reported; between several animal species, turkeys were found frequently infect and the same serotype (s. arizonae 18:z4,z32:-) was identified. the epidemiolo ...19807195690
coccidiosis of wild and captive european mouflons (ovis aries) living in a natural reserve of central italy.between december 2005 and november 2006, a survey on coccidiosis of wild and captive mouflons living in the orecchiella natural reserve (tuscany, italy) was performed on faecal samples collected approximately every two months. a total of 96 samples were collected, 55 of which from wild mouflons and 41 from captive mouflons. on these faecal samples qualitative and quantitative parasitological analyses were performed; moreover, faecal cultures were made in order to identify the involved eimeria sp ...201022320018
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