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Diagnosis of Q fever in livestock and wildlife using direct and indirect tests.

Analysis of clinical samples by means of direct (real-time PCR direct detection) and indirect (serological tests, IFN-gamma detection assay) diagnostic techniques to assess the distribution of Coxiella burnetii on the animal reservoir and to determine the immune response induced in infected animals.


  • Assessment of the distribution of Coxiella burnetii in livestock and wildlife and the potential zoonotic risk as source of infection posed by the animal reservoir.
  • Detection of risk factors associated with a higher infection risk in domestic ruminants.
  • Development of indirect diagnostic tools for early diagnosis of C. burnetii infection.

Start date: January 1st, 2010

Head of the research line:
García Benzaquén, Nerea

VISAVET unit involved:

•  Neglected and Emerging Diseases Unit (NED)

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