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  1. Exposure of cats in southern Africa to Coxiella burnetii, the agent of Q fever.

    Article - En anglais

    Recently, the domestic cat has been implicated in numerous outbreaks of Q fever in humans.

    To determine if cats in southern Africa are infected with the agent of Q fever we tested sera from cats in South Africa and Zimbabwe by indirect fluorescence for antibodies reactive with phase II Coxiella burnetii antigen (Nine Mile strain).

    Reactive antibodies were detected at titres of = 1/40 in sera from cats in South Africa (1/52,2%) and Zimbabwe (15/119,13%). Our results indicate that cats in southern Africa are infected with C. burnetii and should be considered as sources of infection for humans.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Coxiella burnetii, Rickettsieae, Rickettsiaceae, Rickettsiales, Bactérie, Fièvre Q, Rickettsiose, Rickettsialose, Bactériose, Infection, Sérologie, Anticorps, Epidémiologie, Prévalence, Chat, Fissipedia, Carnivora, Mammalia, Vertebrata, Animal, Afrique Australe, Afrique

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Coxiella burnetii, Rickettsieae, Rickettsiaceae, Rickettsiales, Bacteria, Q fever, Rickettsial infection, Rickettsialosis, Bacteriosis, Infection, Serology, Antibody, Epidemiology, Prevalence, Cat, Fissipedia, Carnivora, Mammalia, Vertebrata, Animal, Southern Africa, Africa

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0432273

    Code Inist : 002B05B03. Création : 19/12/1997.