Phylogeography of Human and Animal Strains: Genetic Fingerprinting of Q Fever in Belgium.

Last updated on 14-1-2022 by Wesley Van Dessel

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Q fever is a zoonotic disease caused by the bacteria Domestic ruminants are the primary source for human infection, and the identification of likely contamination routes from the reservoir animals the critical point to implement control programs. This study shows that Q fever is detected in Belgium in abortion of cattle, goat and sheep at a different degree of apparent prevalence (1.93%, 9.19%, and 5.50%, respectively). In addition, and for the first time, it is detected in abortion of alpaca (), raising questions on the role of these animals as reservoirs. To determine the relationship bet…

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