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An Outbreak of Q fever in a prison in Italy

Starnini, Giulio and Caccamo, Francesco and Farchi, Francesca and Babudieri, Sergio and Brunetti, Bruna and Rezza, Giovanni (2005) An Outbreak of Q fever in a prison in Italy. Epidemiology and Infection, Vol. 133 (2), p. 377-380. eISSN 1469-4409. Article.

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DOI: 10.1017/S0950268804003383


We observed an outbreak of Q fever in a prison population. Overall, 65 of the 600 prison inmates developed the disease. The location of the prison cells had no apparent effect on the risk of infection. The outbreak was probably due to exposure to dust contaminated by a passing flock of sheep, which at the time of the outbreak was engaged in lambing. These findings highlight the possible emergence of Q fever in settings and populations not normally thought of as being at risk of exposure to the infection.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:503
Uncontrolled Keywords:Q fever, Coxiella burnetii, zoonotic disease, Italy
Subjects:Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/17 Malattie infettive
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 03 Istituti > Malattie infettive e parassitarie
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Publisher Policy:Depositato in conformità con la politica di copyright dell'Editore
Deposited On:18 Aug 2009 10:02

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