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Asian Pac J Trop Biomed. 2014 May;4(Suppl 1):S209-12. doi: 10.12980/APJTB.4.2014C1268.

Serologic survey for Coxiella burnetii phase II antibodies among slaughterhouse workers in Kerman, southeast of Iran.

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1
Department of Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran.
2
School of Veterinary Medicine, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran.
3
Department of Microbiology, Khoramabad University of Medical Sciences, Khoramabad, Iran.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the presence of antibodies against phase II among slaughterhouse workers in Kerman, southeast of Iran.

METHODS:

The antibody titers of the serum samples were measured by enzyme-linked immuno sorbent assay using phase II Coxiella burnetii as the antigen [kit (Virion\Serion, Wurzburg, Germany) according to the manufacturer's protocol].

RESULTS:

The positive rate of IgG antibody was 68% in the slaughterhouse workers.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our findings suggest that slaughterhouse workers in Kerman area have a higher risk of infection and should consider potential infection with Coxiella burnetii.

KEYWORDS:

Coxiella burnetii; Iran; Kerman; Q fever; Slaughterhouse workers

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