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Prevalence of antibodies to Coxiella burneti (Q fever) in bulk tank milk in England and Wales
  1. G. A. Paiba, BSc, MA,VetMB, MSc, MRCVS1,1,
  2. L. E. Green, BVSc, MSc,PhD, MRCVS1,
  3. G. Lloyd, BSc, MSc, PhD2,
  4. D. Patel1 and
  5. K. L. Morgan, BA, VetMB,PhD, MRCVS3
  1. 1 Division of Animal Health and Husbandry, Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, University of Bristol, Langford, Bristol BS40 5DU
  2. 2 Centre for Applied Microbiological Research, Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 OJG
  3. 3 Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, University of Liverpool, Leahurst, Neston, South Wirral L64 7DU


In the United Kingdom, the infection of people with Coxiella burnetii, the causative agent of Q fever, is of significant public health importance and is associated with contact with dairy cattle. An ELISA was developed for the detection of IgG antibodies against C burnetii in bulk tank milk, and in a survey of randomly selected samples from dairy herds in England and Wales, 21 per cent showed serological evidence of C burnetii infection.

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