Molecular detection of Coxiella burnetii in horse sera in Iran.
P Khademi, A Ownagh, B Ataei, A Kazemnia, J Eydi, M Khalili, Mahzounieh M, K Mardani
Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases: the international journal for medical and veterinary researchers and practitioners | Elsevier | Published : 2020
Coxiella burnetii is a zoonotic bacterium that can infect a wide range of animals including horses. However, its circulation dynamics in and through horses are still unclear. The aim of this study was to evaluate prevalence of C. burnetii and its genomic characteristics in horse sera samples in the North of Iran (Golestan Province). The samples were collected in 2018 and the age, sex, and breed of each animal were recorded. Nested-PCR was used to detect C. burnetii based on the presence of the transposable gene IS1111. The results showed that 7.50 % (P < 0.05; 95 % CI: 0.5 %-0.12 %) of the examined sera samples were positive for C. burnetii. Based on the resuls, prevalence of C. burnetii in ..View full abstract