high incidence of coxiella burnetii markers in a rural population in france.since coxiella burnetii, the causative agent of q fever, is often transmitted from goats and sheep to humans through aerosols, we examined the sera from 168 persons involved in goat breeding in the centre region of france and 40 members of veterinary and medical staff from the same region for the presence of antibodies against c. burnetii. an immunofluorescence assay was used to detect the presence of antibodies of the igg isotope against epitopes from phase ii of c. burnetii, which are the firs ...19968905314
investigation of a slaughterhouse-related outbreak of q fever in the french alps.the aim of the study presented here was to describe the different epidemiological methods used to investigate an outbreak of q fever that occurred in the spring of 1996 among inhabitants of briançon, a small town in the french alps. three approaches were used: (i) a comparison between a 2-month exhaustive serological survey among blood donors and a retrospective serological survey performed on frozen plasma collected by the transfusion centre in the spring of 1995; (ii) a serological survey perf ...200211913496
q fever and pregnancy: disease, prevention, and strain specificity.the link between fetal morbidity and q fever and the necessity of long-term antibiotics for coxiella burnetii infection during pregnancy have been recently questioned in the netherlands, where the clone responsible for the q fever outbreak harbors the qph1 plasmid. in this context, we assessed pregnancy outcomes according to antibiotic administration in a new series and compared the plasmid type between isolates associated with abortion and other clinical isolates to determine if there is a link ...201323052984
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