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Title:Prevalence of antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi in forestry workers of Ile de France, France.
Authors:Zhioua E, Rodhain F, Binet P, Perez-Eid C
Source:Eur J Epidemiol 1997 Dec;13(8):959-62
Organization:Unite d'Ecologie des Systemes Vectoriels, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France. elzhioua@uriacc.uri.edu

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.

Keywords:
Adult, Animal, Antibodies, Bacterial, ANALYSIS, Bites and Stings, EPIDEMIOLOGY, Borrelia burgdorferi, IMMUNOLOGY, Cross-Sectional Studies, Erythema Chronicum Migrans, EPIDEMIOLOGY, Female, Fluorescent Antibody Technique, Indirect, Forestry, France, EPIDEMIOLOGY, Human, Lyme Disease, EPIDEMIOLOGY, IMMUNOLOGY, Male, Middle Age, Occupational Diseases, EPIDEMIOLOGY, IMMUNOLOGY, Occupational Exposure, Prevalence, Risk Factors, Seasons, Seroepidemiologic Methods, Support, Non-U.S. Gov't, Ticks, Time Factors

Language: Eng

Unique ID: 98135695


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