Alvaro Piñero

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BACKGROUND Information on the genotypic diversity of Coxiella burnetii isolates from infected domestic ruminants in Spain is limited. The aim of this study was to identify the C. burnetii genotypes infecting livestock in Northern Spain and compare them to other European genotypes. A commercial real-time PCR targeting the IS1111a insertion element was used(More)
An outbreak of Q fever occurred in February-April 2014 among workers at a waste-sorting plant in Bilbao (Spain). The outbreak affected 58.5% of investigated employees, 47.2% as confirmed cases (PCR and/or serology) and 11.3% as probable cases (symptoms without laboratory confirmation). Only employees who had no-access to the waste processing areas of the(More)
BACKGROUND The high prevalence of Coxiella burnetii infection in dairy cattle herds recently reported and the long survival time of the bacterium in the environment pose a risk to human and animal health that calls for the implementation of control measures at herd level. This study presents the results of a 2-year vaccination program with an inactivated(More)
The aim of this work was to investigate the possible influence of the recently described CT60 A/G dimorphism of the CTLA4 (cytotoxic T-lymphocyte an-tigen 4) gene in the susceptibility to two different auto-immune inflammatory intestinal disorders, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and celiac disease. We analyzed a case-control cohort composed of 528 Spanish(More)
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