Seroprevalence of human brucellosis in a rural area of Western Anatolia, Turkey

J Health Popul Nutr. 2005 Jun;23(2):137-41.


This study was conducted to determine the seroprevalence of human brucellosis and identify the potential risk factors in a rural area of Western Anatolia, Turkey. A simple random-sampling method was used for identifying 1,052 subjects for the study. Blood samples, collected from all the subjects, were studied following the methods of Rose Bengal slide agglutination and standard tube agglutination tests. One thousand and one samples (95.2%) were seronegative, and 51 (4.8%) were seropositive. There was a statistically significant correlation between seropositivity and age, sex, consuming fresh cheese and cream made from unboiled milk (p values 0.005, 0.019, <0.001, and <0.001 respectively). Seropositivity was not related to educational level (0.270). It is concluded that pasteurization of milk and dairy products and education regarding eating habits must be pursued for eradication of human brucellosis from rural areas. The findings of the study suggest that human brucellosis is still an important public-health problem in the western Anatolia region of Turkey, especially in rural areas.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Bacterial / blood
  • Brucella / immunology
  • Brucellosis / blood
  • Brucellosis / epidemiology*
  • Consumer Product Safety
  • Dairy Products / microbiology*
  • Female
  • Food Microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Rural Health
  • Seroepidemiologic Studies
  • Turkey / epidemiology


  • Antibodies, Bacterial