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RIOS, Rodrigo et al. Seroprevalence of Leptospira sp., Rickettsia sp. and Ehrlichia sp. in rural workers of Sucre, Colombia. Infect. [online]. 2008, vol.12, n.2, pp. 90-95. ISSN 0123-9392.
Objective. To determine the seroprevalence of Leptospira sp., Rickettsia sp. and Ehrlichia sp. in agricultural workers of Sucre. Methods. A descriptive prospective cross-sectional study was conducted in ninety rural workers of Sucre. Presence of serum antibodies anti-IgM specific anti-Leptospira by indirect ELISA was established. For the determination of Rickettsia and Ehrlichia indirect inmunoflorescence was used. Results.The population was composed by 27 (30%) milkers, 21 (23%) day workers, 18 farm professionals (20%) and 24 (26%) workers in others activities. A total of 22 (24%) samples were positive to some test. Twelve (13.3%) were positive to Leptospira sp., seven (7.8%) to Rickettsia sp. and three (3.3%) o Ehrlichia sp.. Conclusions. This is the first study carried out in Sucre; there is an important prevalence of Leptospira sp., Rickettsia sp. and Ehrlichia sp..The occupational risk factors were decisive in the seropositivity.
Keywords : seroprevalence; Leptospira; Rickettsia; Ehrlichia; Sucre.