Journal article

Prevalence and spatial distribution of Coxiella burnetii seropositivity in northern Australian beef cattle adjusted for diagnostic test uncertainty

CM Wood, NR Perkins, SJ Tozer, W Johnson, TS Barnes, M McGowan, JS Gibson, J Alawneh, SM Firestone, SM Woldeyohannes



Q fever is a zoonotic disease caused by infection with Coxiella burnetii transmitted from animals including, but not limited to, cattle, sheep and goats. The infection in cattle is typically sub-clinical with some evidence suggesting associated reproductive loss. There is currently limited data on the true prevalence and distribution of coxiellosis in beef cattle across northern Australia. During this study, 2,012 sera samples from beef cattle managed on commercial farms located in Queensland and the Northern Territory were tested using an indirect immunofluorescent assay (IFA) for serological evidence of IgG antibodies against C. burnetii. Bayesian latent class models were used to estimate ..

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Awarded by Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Rural R&D for Profit programme

Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported in part with funding from Meat & Livestock Australia issued to Dr Caitlin Wood BVSc (Hons 1) as a postgraduate scholarship and in part with funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment as part of its Rural R&D for Profit programme administered by AgriFutures Australia: `Taking the Q (query) out of Q Fever' (Project RnD4Profit-15-02-008). Simon Firestone is supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (DE160100477).