Evidence for lyme disease in urban park workers : a potential new health hazard for city inhabitants.
In the UK, cases of Lyme disease have only been reported from rural areas.
Recently, however, Ixodes ticks infected with Borrelia burgdorferi have been found in London parks.
To determine whether this constituted a health hazard, we questioned 44 workers from Richmond and Bushey parks to assess their exposure to tick bites and whether they had a clinical history of Lyme disease.
Their serum was subsequently investigated for antibodies to two different preparations of Borrelia burgdorferi (whole cell sonicate and flagellin) and the specificity of these antibodies determined by immunoblotting.
Comparison was made to zoo keepers (n=27) from a wildlife park outside London.
Mots-clés Pascal : Infection, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Epidémiologie, Exposition professionnelle, Homme, Anticorps, Exploration immunologique, Borrelia burgdorferi, Spirochaetaceae, Spirochaetales, Bactérie, Lyme maladie, Borréliose, Spirochétose, Bactériose, Sérologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Infection, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Epidemiology, Occupational exposure, Human, Antibody, Immunological investigation, Borrelia burgdorferi, Spirochaetaceae, Spirochaetales, Bacteria, Lyme disease, Borrelia infection, Spirachaetosis, Bacteriosis, Serology
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