Remarkable spatial variation in the seroprevalence of Coxiella burnetii after a large Q fever epidemic.
- Roan Pijnacker,
- Johan Reimerink,
- Lidwien A M Smit,
- Arianne B van Gageldonk-Lafeber,
- Jan-Paul Zock,
- Floor Borlée,
- Joris Yzermans,
- Dick J J Heederik,
- Catharina B M Maassen,
- Wim van der Hoek
BMC Infect Dis 2017 Nov 21;17(1):725. Epub 2017 Nov 21.
Centre for Infectious Disease Control, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, (RIVM), PO Box 1, 3720 BA, Bilthoven, the Netherlands.
Background: Prior to the 2007-2010 Q fever epidemic in the Netherlands, the seroprevalence of antibodies against Coxiella burnetii in the general population was 1.5%, which is low compared to other countries. We aimed to determine the seroprevalence after the Q fever epidemic among people living in the affected area, compare the seroprevalence with the incidence of Q fever notifications during the 2007-2010 Q fever epidemic, and to identify farm exposures associated with having antibodies against C. Read More