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Emerg Infect Dis. 2005 Apr;11(4):619-21.

Coxiella burnetii in bulk tank milk samples, United States.

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  • 1Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, AHDL, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Science, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, USA.


Dairy cattle are a primary reservoir of Coxiella burnetii, which causes Q fever. However, no recent nationwide studies have assessed the prevalence and risks of Q fever in dairy cattle. We report >or=94% prevalence in samples of bulk tank milk from U.S. dairy herds tested during the past 3 years.

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