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Revista de Salud Pública

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MATTAR, Salim et al. Coxiella burnetii infection in a patient from a rural area of Monteria, Colombia. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2014, vol.16, n.6, pp.958-961. ISSN 0124-0064.

Q fever is a zoonosis caused by Coxiella burnetii. In Colombia, there have been very few human cases reported to date. This report describes the case of a 56-year-old patient with a background in agriculture and livestock handling. An indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) showed high titers of IgG for C. burnetii anti-phase I (1: 256) and anti-phase II (1:1024). For the next six months the patient's IgG antibody titers remained high, and after treatment with doxycycline, the IgG antibody titers decreased to 50% (anti-phase I 1:128 and anti-phase II 1:512); this profile suggests an infection of C. burnetii.

Keywords : Q fever; Coxiella burnetii; vector-borne disease; zoonotic infectious diseases; communicable diseases emerging.

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