Prevalence of Coxielle Burnetii anbitodies in Danish Dairy herds

Jens F. Agger, Anna-Bodil Christoffersen, Erik Rattenborg, Jørgen Nielsen, Jørgen S. Agerholm

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    During recent years in Denmark higher rates of antibodies to Coxiella burnetii have been detected in animals and humans than previously reported. A study based on bulk tank milk samples from 100 randomly selected dairy herds was performed to estimate the prevalence and geographical distribution of antibody positive dairy herds. Using the CHEKIT Q-Feber Antibody ELISA Test Kit (IDEXX), the study demonstrated a prevalence of 59% antibody positive herds, 11% antibody intermediate herds and 30% antibody negative herds based on the instructions provided by the manufacturer. The geographical distribution does not indicate a relationship between the regional density of dairy farms and the prevalence of antibody positive dairy farms. The result supports the hypothesis of an increase in the prevalence of positive dairy herds compared to previous years.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number5
    JournalActa Veterinaria Scandinavica (Online)
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)8
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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