Q Fever Risk Across a Dynamic, Heterogeneous Landscape in Laikipia County, Kenya

  title={Q Fever Risk Across a Dynamic, Heterogeneous Landscape in Laikipia County, Kenya},
  author={Walker DePuy and Valerie A W Benka and Aimee L. Massey and Sharon L. Deem and Margaret Kinnaird and Timothy J. O’Brien and Salome Wanyoike and Jesse T. Njoka and Bilal Hayat Butt and Johannes Foufopoulos and Joseph N. S. Eisenberg and Rebecca Hardin},
Two hundred fourteen serosamples were collected from four livestock species across five ranches in Laikipia County, Kenya. Serological analysis for Coxiella burnetii (the causative agent for Q fever) showed a distinct seroprevalence gradient: the lowest in cattle, higher in sheep and goats, and the highest in camels. Laikipia-wide aerial counts show a recent increase in the camel population. One hundred fifty-five stakeholder interviews revealed concern among veterinary, medical, ranching, and… CONTINUE READING
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