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Title: Q fever across the Dutch border in Limburg province, Belgium
Authors: Naesens, R.
Leenders, A.
Meekelenkamp, J.
Van Esbroeck, M.
Coppens, G.
Oris, E.
Craeghs, J.
Thoelen, I.
Gabriels, P.
Vandevelde, M.
Forier, A. -M.
Waumans, L.
Cartuyvels, R.
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: SPRINGER
Abstract: Data from three different data sources were compiled to estimate the presence of Coxiella burnetii in the Belgian Limburg province for both humans and livestock. First, serological data of all samples sent to the Belgian reference centre (2003-2010) for human Q fever were analysed, showing evidence for an acute Q fever infection in 1-5% of the cases. Second, a multi-centre prospective survey was conducted in Limburg in 2010 to detect undiagnosed human cases; evidence for a recent infection with Coxiella burnetii was found in three out of 100 patients from which clinicians suspected a Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection. Third, we analyzed data from the Belgian livestock screening program (2009-2010) which consisted of investigating all reported abortions, sampling tank milk, and serological screening of cattle. The results suggest an endemicity in the Limburgian livestock which seems to be especially high in cattle.
Notes: [Naesens, R.] Univ Antwerp Hosp, Antwerp, Belgium. [Naesens, R.] AZ Sint Elisabeth Hosp, Herentals, Belgium. [Forier, A. -M.] Flemish Agcy Care & Hlth, Hasselt, Belgium. [Vandevelde, M.] Hosp Maas Kempen, Maaseik Bree, Belgium. [Gabriels, P.] Sint Trudo Hosp, St Truiden, Belgium. [Craeghs, J.; Thoelen, I.] Vesalius Hosp, Tongeren, Belgium. [Naesens, R.; Magerman, K.; Gyssens, I.; Waumans, L.; Cartuyvels, R.] Jessa Hosp, Hasselt, Belgium. [Gyssens, I.] Hasselt Univ, Diepenbeek, Belgium. [Gyssens, I.] Radboud Univ Nijmegen, Med Ctr, NL-6525 ED Nijmegen, Netherlands. [Leenders, A.; Meekelenkamp, J.] Jeroen Bosch Hosp, Shertogenbosch, Netherlands. [Van Esbroeck, M.] Inst Trop Med, B-2000 Antwerp, Belgium. [Van Esbroeck, M.] Belgian Reference Ctr Coxiella Burnetii Humans, Antwerp, Belgium. [Coppens, G.; Oris, E.] Hosp Oost Limburg, Genk, Belgium. reinoutnaesens@hotmail.com
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/14305
DOI: 10.1007/s10096-011-1539-9
ISI #: 000306952700048
ISSN: 0934-9723
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2013
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