Q fever a Forgotten Disease in Iran

Authors

1 Assistant Professor of Microbiology, Department of Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran

2 Member of Infectious Diseases, Research Center of Tropical and Infectious Diseases, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

3 Instructor, Research Center of Tropical and Infectious Diseases, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

Abstract

There have already been a few studies on Q fever in Iran and most of them go back to more than 50 years ago. Preliminary serologic studies on ruminants and febrile patients in Southeast Iran show a high seropositivity in this region. Misdiagnosis as well as poor attention of public health authorities to this infection can facilitate the epidemic spread of Q fever. Further studies on the diagnosis of acute and chronic types of Q fever and detection of Coxiella burnetii are in progress by the authors.

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