Description

Coxiella burnetii is an obligate intracellular bacterium that causes in humans Q fever, a disease characterized by acute and chronic clinical manifestation whereas in domestic animals the infection is usually asymptomatic. Domestic ruminants are the main reservoirs of infection and the infected animals can excrete the organisms into the environment by birth products, milk, urine and feces.

The present study aims to contribute to the resolution of the research by different step: first attempt to investigate the occurrence of Coxiella burnetii in domestic ruminants in Teramo province. The detection of the pathogen will be carried out on vaginal swabs and milk samples collected from healthy and symptomatic animals.

The present study aims to contribute to the resolution of the research by different step: first attempt to investigate the occurrence of Coxiella burnetii in domestic ruminants in Teramo province. The detection of the pathogen will be carried out on vaginal swabs and milk samples collected from healthy and symptomatic animals.

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