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Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2000 Dec;93(2):151-6.

Seroprevalence of antibodies to Coxiella burnetti among pregnant women in South Eastern France.

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Regional Center for Disease Control of South-Eastern France (ORS PACA), 23 rue Stanislas, Torrents, 13006 Marseille, France. rey@marseille.inserm.fr

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To estimate the seroprevalence of antibodies to Coxiella burnetii among pregnant women and to assess the effect of Q fever on pregnancy outcome.

STUDY DESIGN:

Anonymous seroprevalence survey between March and May 1996 in all gynecological and obstetrical medical departments of South Eastern France. Women were included irrespective of pregnancy outcome (N=12,716, response rate=96.1%).

RESULTS:

The seroprevalence rate was 0.15% with a global prevalence and a prevalence of recent or chronic infections, respectively, two and three times higher among women who had a spontaneous abortion than among those who delivered although the differences were not statistically significant. The highest proportion of preterm births (6.8%) was found in high prevalence areas (0.57%).

CONCLUSION:

The seroprevalence was higher than expected but data were not sufficient to confirm the suspected negative impact of Q fever on pregnancy outcome.

PMID:
11074136
DOI:
10.1016/s0301-2115(00)00276-1
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