Low seroprevalence of Coxiella burnetii in Boer goats in Missouri

  title={Low seroprevalence of Coxiella burnetii in Boer goats in Missouri},
  author={M. D. Stephen IL. Baker and Patrick O Pithua},
  booktitle={BMC Research Notes},
Goats are known reservoirs of Coxiella burnetii, the etiologic agent of Q fever. However, there has been very little research on the prevalence of C. burnetii exposure and risk in meat goats farmed in the US. Banked serum samples were secondarily tested for C. burnetii specific antibodies. The animal and herd-level seroprevalence estimates for C. burnetii were 1.2% (3/249) and 4.2% (1/24) respectively. Within-herd seroprevalence ranged from 0% to 1.2%. This study indicates that seroprevalence… CONTINUE READING
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