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Título : Serological evidence of Coxiella burnetii infection in cattle and farm workers: is Q fever an underreported zoonotic disease in Ecuador?
Autor : Echeverría Fonseca, Gustavo
Reyna, Armando
Minda Aluisa, Elizabeth
Celi Erazo, Maritza Liliana
Palabras clave : Q fever
Coxiella burnetii
Ecuador
phase I antibodies
phase II antibodies
Fecha de publicación : 9-abr-2019
Editorial : Quito
Citación : Echeverría G., Reyna A., Minda E. & Others (2019) Serological evidence of Coxiella burnetii infection in cattle and farm workers: is Q fever an underreported zoonotic disease in Ecuador?. Infection and Drug Resistance V.12. pp. 701—706. https://doi.org/10.2147/IDR.S195940
Resumen : Background: Q fever is an underreported zoonotic disease of cattle and men in most countries of the world. Very little information about the prevalence of Coxiella burnetii infection in animals and humans comes from South and Central America and systematic studies are lacking. Methods: A seroprevalence survey for Q fever amongst cattle, farm workers and students was conducted in Ecuador using a commercial ELISA kit. Results: Survey results showed an unexpectedly high prevalence of Coxiella burnetii antibodies in dairy cattle (43%) and in farm workers (34%). In addition, a clinical case in a human of acute Q fever in the convalescent stage was detected. Conclusion: We conclude that the disease is endemic in Ecuador but is overlooked by medical and laboratory personnel. Q fever should be considered a public health issue in Ecuador and further research into the clinical relevance of this infection is recommended.
URI : http://www.dspace.uce.edu.ec/handle/25000/17971
ISSN : 1178-6973
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