The seroprevalence of coxiellosis in farmers and cattle in north-eastern Turkey

Abstract number: 1134_02_130

Seyitoglu S., Ozkurt Z., Dinler U., Okumus B.


Coxiellosis is a worldwide zoonosis caused by Coxiella burnetii. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of coxiellosis in cattle and farmers in North Eastern Turkey.


A total of 230 cattle and 92 human sera were collected in 2003, and tested for antibodies against C.burnetii by commercial ELISA test.


The antibodies of C. burnetii were detected in 22 (9.56%) cattle and 18 (19.5%) healthy farmers. Seropositivity was found in 12 of 53 (22.6%) cattle with abortion history, and 10 of 177 (5.6%) cattle without abortion history (p < 0.05). There was correlation between animals and human seroprevalance in same district. Thirteen of 18 farmers who were antibody positive had seropositive animals, and there were seropositive animals in the villages of remaining 5 cases. It was observed that seroprevalance of coxiellosis was higher in north districts (in animals 15.4%, in humans 32.4%), have drier and warmer climate, than in other districts (in animals 6.5%, in humans 12.1%) both for humans and animals (p < 0.05).


The study show that coxiellosis was an important health problem both in humans and in animals in our region.

Session Details

Date: 01/08/2007
Time: 00:00-00:00
Session name: XXIst ISTH Congress
Location: Oxford, UK
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