Risk of acquiring tick-borne infections in forestry workers from Lazio, Italy

  • S. Di Renzi
  • A. Martini
  • A. Binazzi
  • A. Marinaccio
  • N. Vonesch
  • W. D’Amico
  • T. Moro
  • C. Fiorentini
  • M. G. Ciufolini
  • P. Visca
  • P. Tomao
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DOI: 10.1007/s10096-010-1028-6

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Di Renzi, S., Martini, A., Binazzi, A. et al. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis (2010) 29: 1579. doi:10.1007/s10096-010-1028-6

Abstract

The seroprevalence of antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi and tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) virus was evaluated in a group of forestry rangers in the Lazio region of Italy. One hundred and forty-five forestry rangers and 282 blood donors were examined by two-tiered serological tests for B. burgdorferi and TBE virus. Information on occupation, residence, tick bites, outdoor leisure activities and other risk factors was obtained. The prevalence of IgG/IgM antibodies to B. burgdorferi showed no statistical difference between the two groups, but there was a higher occurrence of IgM antibodies. There were significant differences between indoor and outdoor, urban and rural workplaces among the 145 exposed workers (χ2 test: p < 0.001), and a higher risk for outdoor rural than urban tasks was detected among the ten Western blot-tested forestry rangers positive to B. burgdorferi2 test: p < 0.1). No seropositivity was observed for the TBE virus. Forestry rangers from the Lazio region did not have a higher risk of Borrelia infection than the blood donors, though an increase in the risk for outdoor tasks in a rural environment was observed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Di Renzi
    • 1
  • A. Martini
    • 1
  • A. Binazzi
    • 1
  • A. Marinaccio
    • 1
  • N. Vonesch
    • 1
  • W. D’Amico
    • 1
  • T. Moro
    • 2
  • C. Fiorentini
    • 3
  • M. G. Ciufolini
    • 3
  • P. Visca
    • 4
  • P. Tomao
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Occupational MedicineIstituto Superiore per la Prevenzione e Sicurezza del LavoroMonte Porzio CatoneItaly
  2. 2.Immune-Haematological and Blood Transfusion UnitPresidio Ospedaliero “San Camillo de’ Lellis”RietiItaly
  3. 3.Department of Infectious, Parasitic and Immune-Mediated DiseasesIstituto Superiore di SanitaRomeItaly
  4. 4.Department of BiologyUniversity “Roma Tre”RomeItaly