Volume 80, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of antibodies among goat and dairy cattle herds in southeast Iran. A total of 169 sera (76 caprine samples from 9 goat flocks and 93 bovine samples from 12 dairy herds) were collected randomly. The CHEKIT Q fever ELISA kit was used to identify specific antibodies against in goats and cattle. The results showed that 35.5% ( = 60) of all sera were positive. Goats had a significantly higher average seroprevalence (65.78%) than cattle (10.75%). All of the goat herds and only two dairy cattle herds were positive. This study represents an update on Q fever prevalence in Iran. Goats seem to be a more important risk for human infection in this area than cattle. would be a potent candidate for goat abortion in this region and other nearby provinces.


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  • Received : 19 Dec 2008
  • Accepted : 13 Mar 2009

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