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European Journal of Epidemiology

, Volume 13, Issue 8, pp 959–962 | Cite as

Prevalence of antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi in forestry workers of Ile de France, France

  • E. Zhioua
  • F. Rodhain
  • Ph. Binet
  • C. Perez-Eid
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Abstract

A cross-sectional sero-epidemiological study was conducted on forestry workers, a high risk population for Lyme borreliosis. The prevalence of seropositive forestry workers (indirect immuno fluorescence assay) is 15.2% (n = 211). Almost 70% of participants reported a history of tick bite. Among districts, high seroprevalences were observed in Fontainebleau and Rambouillet; two sites of high risk for Lyme borreliosis. However, clinical prevalence of the disease is very low. During the investigation no active Lyme borreliosis was observed. Thus, asymptomatic infection predominates.

Borrelia burgdorferi Ile de France Ixodes ricinus Seroprevalence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Zhioua
    • 1
    • 2
  • F. Rodhain
    • 1
  • Ph. Binet
    • 3
  • C. Perez-Eid
    • 1
  1. 1.Unité d'Ecologie des Systèmes VectorielsInstitut PasteurParisFrance
  2. 2.Center for Vector-Borne DiseaseUniversity of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA
  3. 3.Association de Médecine de Travail en AgricultureParisFrance

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