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Seroepidemiological Survey of Q Fever in León Province, Spain

J. Suárez-Estrada, J. I. Rodríguez-Barbosa, C. B. Gutiérrez-Martín, M. R. Castañeda-López, J. M. Fernández-Marcos, O. R. González-Llamazares and E. F. Rodríguez-Ferri
European Journal of Epidemiology
Vol. 12, No. 3 (Jun., 1996), pp. 245-250
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3581582
Page Count: 6
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Seroepidemiological Survey of Q Fever in León Province, Spain
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Abstract

A seroepidemiological survey, using an indirect immunofluorescence test against Coxiella burnetii (antigenic phase II), was carried out in León province, north-western Spain. A total of 406 serum samples was collected from people (from 15 to more than 65 years old) living in a rural environment during the winter and spring of 1994. The overall prevalence was 40.6%, titres ranged from 1:80 to 1:640, and a titre of 1:80 was encountered among 60.6% of positive samples. A significant higher prevalence was observed among males globally, as well as among those aged 15-44 and 45-64 years old; however, no difference was encountered among males and females older than 64 years. In the same way, a significant higher Q fever prevalence was observed among individuals having occupations related to agriculture and among those having close relationship with animals.

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