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
hare-to-human transmission of francisella tularensis subsp. holarctica, november 2012, a group of 7 persons who participated in a hare hunt in north rhine-westphalia, germany, acquired tularemia. two f. tularensis subsp. holarctica isolates were cultivated from human and hare biopsy material. both isolates belonged to the ftn002-00 genetic subclade (derived for single nucleotide polymorphisms b.10 and b.18), thus indicating likely hare-to-human transmission.201525531286
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