Seroepidemiology of Q fever among cats in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1990;590:271-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.1990.tb42231.x.

Abstract

The indirect microimmunofluorescence test was used to determine the presence of antibodies to phase I and phase II Coxiella burnetii antigens in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island cats. Twenty of 104 (19.2%) New Brunswick cats tested had antibodies to phase II antigen; five of these (4.8%) also had antibodies to phase I antigen. Six of 97 (6.2%) Prince Edward Island cats tested had antibodies to phase I and phase II antigens. Our data suggest that cats may be important in the epidemiology of Q fever in these provinces.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Bacterial / analysis*
  • Cat Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Cats
  • Coxiella / immunology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • New Brunswick / epidemiology
  • Prince Edward Island / epidemiology
  • Q Fever / epidemiology
  • Q Fever / veterinary*
  • Seroepidemiologic Studies

Substances

  • Antibodies, Bacterial