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Screening of Forestry Workers in Guadalajara Province (Spain) for Antibodies to Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus, Hantavirus, Rickettsia spp. and Borrelia burgdorferi

Departamento de Biomedicina y Biotecnología, Universidad de Alcalá, 28801 Alcalá de Henares, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(22), 4500; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16224500
Received: 19 October 2019 / Revised: 11 November 2019 / Accepted: 12 November 2019 / Published: 15 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Infectious Disease Epidemiology)
Exposure to Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV), hantaviruses, Rickettsia spp. and Borrelia burgdorferi among forestry workers from a province in central Spain (Guadalajara) was examined by serological screening. This is the first such study in this rural area, where people often live and work in proximity to domestic and wild animals. Immunofluorescent analyses of the serum of 100 forestry workers detected IgG antibodies to LCMV in 2% (CL 95% 0.55%–7.0%) of this population, to hantaviruses in 4% (CL 95% 1.6%–8.3%) for the serum amyloid A (SAA) serotype, and 2% (CL 95% 0.55%–7.0%) for the Seoul virus (SEO) serotype (samples also positive for SAA), to Rickettsia in 8% (CL 95% 4.1%–15%) (3% (CL 95% 1.0%–8.5%) for R. typhi and 5% (CL 95% 2.2%–11.2%) for R. slovaca, and to B. burgdorferi in 7% (CL 95% 3.4%–13.8%). The number of people who have been exposed to these organisms is commonly underestimated since most infections are asymptomatic. Greater epidemiological surveillance may therefore be recommended. View Full-Text
Keywords: epidemiology; forestry workers; zoonosis; Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus; hantavirus; Rickettsia; Borrelia burgdorferi epidemiology; forestry workers; zoonosis; Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus; hantavirus; Rickettsia; Borrelia burgdorferi
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Lledó, L.; Giménez-Pardo, C.; Gegúndez, M.I. Screening of Forestry Workers in Guadalajara Province (Spain) for Antibodies to Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus, Hantavirus, Rickettsia spp. and Borrelia burgdorferi. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4500. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16224500

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Lledó L, Giménez-Pardo C, Gegúndez MI. Screening of Forestry Workers in Guadalajara Province (Spain) for Antibodies to Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus, Hantavirus, Rickettsia spp. and Borrelia burgdorferi. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(22):4500. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16224500

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Lledó, Lourdes; Giménez-Pardo, Consuelo; Gegúndez, María I. 2019. "Screening of Forestry Workers in Guadalajara Province (Spain) for Antibodies to Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus, Hantavirus, Rickettsia spp. and Borrelia burgdorferi" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 16, no. 22: 4500. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16224500

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