Rickettsial antibody prevalence in Southern Israel: IgG antibodies to Coxiella burnetii, Rickettsia typhi, and spotted fever group rickettsiae among urban- and rural-dwelling and Bedouin women

E. M. Gross, R. A. Goldwasser, J. E. Bearman, I. Sarov, B. Sarov, V. Torok, L. Naggan

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Abstract

A retrospective serological survey was carried out using sera obtained from women at childbirth in the southern desert region of Israel to determine exposure experience to three rickettsial agents: Coxiella burnetii, Rickettsia typhi, and spotted fever group rickettsiae. Using the indirect fluorescent antibody method for determining IgG antibodies, it was found that about 40% of all sera examined demonstrated antibodies to one or more rickettsiae. Bedouin women appeared to be at greater risk of having antibodies to C. burnetti and spotted fever group rickettsiae than did Jewish residents of Beersheba, agricultural settlements, and development towns. The residents of development towns appeared to be at lower risk of developing antibodies to spotted fever group rickettsiae, than did other populations sampled. Possible reasons for these differences are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1387-1391
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume32
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1983

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