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The Prevalence of Brucellosis in Adults in Northeastern Region of Turkey

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Gulhan Arvas 1 , Yasemin Akkoyunlu 2 , * , Mustafa Berktas 3 , Bulent Kaya 4 , Turan Aslan 2

AUTHORS INFORMATION

1 Igdir University, Medical Technology Vocational Training School, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Igdir, Turkey

2 Bezmialem Vakif University, School of Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Istanbul, Turkey

3 100. Yil University, School of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Van, Turkey

4 Igdir State Hospital, Department of Paediatrics, Igdir, Turkey

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Jundishapur Journal of Microbiology: 6 (3); 262-4
Published Online: April 30, 2013
Article Type: Research Article
Received: May 2, 2012
Accepted: July 2, 2012
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Abstract

Background: Brucellosis is prevalent in the Mediterranean basin, the Indian subcontinent, the Arabian peninsula, and in parts of Central Asia, Africa, Central and South America. However it continues to be one of the major health problems in developing countries, including Turkey.

Objectives: The current study aimed to determine the incidence of brucellosis, which is previewed to be very common in the northeastern region of Turkey, in order to emphasize the problem.

Materials and Methods: Seroprevalence of brucellosis was examined in sera of 2913 patients who referred to Igd?r State Hospital between February and December of the year 2010 by Standard Tube Agglutination Test method.

Results: Results were statistically evaluated using chi-square trend analysis method. Significantly high level (1/40 dilution) of specific antibodies were detected in 525 (18 %) patient sera (P = 0.111).

Conclusions: We hope that Turkey will be one of the brucellosis-free countries in near future with highlights from the current and further studies.

Keywords

Brucellosis Seroprevalence

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