Serological evidence of Coxiella burnetii infection in dogs in a regional centre

Cooper, A., Hedlefs, R., Ketheesan, N., and Govan, B. (2011) Serological evidence of Coxiella burnetii infection in dogs in a regional centre. Australian Veterinary Journal, 89 (10). pp. 385-387.

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Objective: Investigate the seroprevalence of the causative agent of Q fever, Coxiella burnetii in domestic dogs in the Townsville region, North Queensland, Australia.

Method: Blood samples were collected from dogs attending veterinary clinics for routine procedures.

Results: An overall seropositivity of 21.8% (95% confidence interval (CI) 21.6–22.1%) was observed. A retrospective study of samples collected in the same region during 1984–85 was also performed, with an overall seropositivity of 16.0% (95% CI 15.9–16.2).

Conclusion: Evidence of C. burnetii infection in domestic dogs may have public health implications for dog owners, as well as veterinarians because of occupational exposure. This study is the first known investigation of C. burnetii seroprevalence in dogs in Queensland.

Item ID: 20835
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1751-0813
Keywords: Australia; companion animals; Coxiella burnetii; dogs; Q fever; Queensland; serology
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2012 05:31
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0605 Microbiology > 060599 Microbiology not elsewhere classified @ 80%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1107 Immunology > 110799 Immunology not elsewhere classified @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920109 Infectious Diseases @ 100%
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