Prevalence of Coxiella burnetii in bovine bulk milk samples in southern Iran


One hundred (100) bovine bulk milk samples were tested for the presence of Coxiella burnetii and the detection of associated risk factors. Of the tested samples, 11% tested positive for C. burnetii. There was no correlation between the presence of C. burnetii in bulk milk samples and the kind of dairy herd the samples were taken from the number of cows in each site, and the variety of water and food. The only association that was found corresponded with seasonal samples.

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The authors are grateful to the Islamic Azad University, Jahrom branch for their executive support of this project.

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Kargar, M., Rashidi, A., Doosti, A. et al. Prevalence of Coxiella burnetii in bovine bulk milk samples in southern Iran. Comp Clin Pathol 22, 331–334 (2013).

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  • C. burnetii
  • Outer membrane protein
  • Bovine milk
  • Iran