Serological evidence of Coxiella burnetii infection in dogs in a regional centre
Article first published online: 20 SEP 2011
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Australian Veterinary Journal
Volume 89, Issue 10, pages 385–387, October 2011
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Cooper, A., Hedlefs, R., Ketheesan, N. and Govan, B. (2011), Serological evidence of Coxiella burnetii infection in dogs in a regional centre. Australian Veterinary Journal, 89: 385–387. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-0813.2011.00819.x
- Issue published online: 20 SEP 2011
- Article first published online: 20 SEP 2011
- (Accepted for publication 19 December 2010)
- companion animals;
- Coxiella burnetii;
- Q fever;
Objective Investigate the seroprevalence of the causative agent of Q fever, Coxiella burnetii in domestic dogs in the Townsville region, North Queensland, Australia.
Method Blood samples were collected from dogs attending veterinary clinics for routine procedures.
Results An overall seropositivity of 21.8% (95% confidence interval (CI) 21.6–22.1%) was observed. A retrospective study of samples collected in the same region during 1984–85 was also performed, with an overall seropositivity of 16.0% (95% CI 15.9–16.2).
Conclusion Evidence of C. burnetii infection in domestic dogs may have public health implications for dog owners, as well as veterinarians because of occupational exposure. This study is the first known investigation of C. burnetii seroprevalence in dogs in Queensland.