Detection of the presence of Coxiella burnetii in a case of goat abortion: a first report from India
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Abortion is a major cause of economic loss to the goat industry. Coxiella burnetii the causative agent of Q fever is an important zoonotic agent known to be prevalent worldwide. In the present investigation, we detected the presence of Coxiella burnetii by the modified Ziehl Neelsen method of staining and its DNA by trans-PCR assay in the placenta obtained from the aborted goat. We also ruled out other common causes of abortion in this case. Based on a literature survey, this is the first report on the direct detection of Coxiella burnetii from an aborted goat to be reported from India.
KeywordsCoxiella burnetii Q fever Abortion Goats Trans-PCR India
The authors are thankful to The Dean, VCRI, TANUVAS, Tirunelveli, and The Director, ICAR-CIRG, for providing necessary facilities and funds for carrying out this research work.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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