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Prevalence of Chlamydophila psittaci infections in a human population in contact with domestic and companion birds

Taher Harkinezhad, Kristel Verminnen UGent, Marc De Buyzere, Ernst Rietzschel UGent, Sofie Bekaert UGent and Daisy Vanrompay UGent (2009) JOURNAL OF MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY. 58(9). p.1207-1212
abstract
Chlamydophila psittaci infections in humans are underestimated. We investigated the occurrence of C. psittaci in a Belgian population of 540 individuals. Data were from a population survey (n=2524) of apparently healthy community-dwelling subjects aged 35-55 years. Pharyngeal swabs and blood were taken. Individuals completed a questionnaire on professional and nonprofessional activities, smoking habits, medical history and contact frequency with different bird species. Swabs were analysed by a C. psittaci-specific and a Chlamydophila pneumoniae-specific PCR. Sera were tested by a recombinant C. psittaci major outer-membrane protein-based ELISA, a C. psittaci whole organism-based ELISA (Serion) and a micro-immunofluorescence test (Focus Diagnostics). Results confirmed our suspicion about the underestimation of psittacosis in Belgium. Psittaciformes and racing pigeons were the main infection source. Women with excessive alcohol intake defined as a mean intake of >2 units daily were more frequently infected than men. We analysed the effect of seropositivity and/or PCR positivity on inflammation (white blood cell count, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, fibrinogen). In general, seropositivity showed a trend to slightly higher levels of inflammatory variables (all nonsignificant), whilst PCR positivity showed a trend to no effect or even lower inflammatory levels.
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MICROIMMUNOFLUORESCENCE ASSAY, FERAL PIGEONS, OUTBREAK, TRANSMISSION, JAPAN, TURKEYS, FAMILY, PCR, CHLAMYDIA-PSITTACI
journal title
JOURNAL OF MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY
J. Med. Microbiol.
volume
58
issue
9
pages
1207 - 1212
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Article
Web of Science id
000269676200013
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MICROBIOLOGY
JCR impact factor
2.272 (2009)
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52/94 (2009)
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3 (2009)
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0022-2615
DOI
10.1099/jmm.0.011379-0
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English
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806790
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-806790
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2009-12-10 18:03:56
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  abstract     = {Chlamydophila psittaci infections in humans are underestimated. We investigated the occurrence of C. psittaci in a Belgian population of 540 individuals. Data were from a population survey (n=2524) of apparently healthy community-dwelling subjects aged 35-55 years. Pharyngeal swabs and blood were taken. Individuals completed a questionnaire on professional and nonprofessional activities, smoking habits, medical history and contact frequency with different bird species. Swabs were analysed by a C. psittaci-specific and a Chlamydophila pneumoniae-specific PCR. Sera were tested by a recombinant C. psittaci major outer-membrane protein-based ELISA, a C. psittaci whole organism-based ELISA (Serion) and a micro-immunofluorescence test (Focus Diagnostics). Results confirmed our suspicion about the underestimation of psittacosis in Belgium. Psittaciformes and racing pigeons were the main infection source. Women with excessive alcohol intake defined as a mean intake of {\textrangle}2 units daily were more frequently infected than men. We analysed the effect of seropositivity and/or PCR positivity on inflammation (white blood cell count, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, fibrinogen). In general, seropositivity showed a trend to slightly higher levels of inflammatory variables (all nonsignificant), whilst PCR positivity showed a trend to no effect or even lower inflammatory levels.},
  author       = {Harkinezhad, Taher and Verminnen, Kristel and De Buyzere, Marc and Rietzschel, Ernst and Bekaert, Sofie and Vanrompay, Daisy},
  issn         = {0022-2615},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY},
  keyword      = {MICROIMMUNOFLUORESCENCE ASSAY,FERAL PIGEONS,OUTBREAK,TRANSMISSION,JAPAN,TURKEYS,FAMILY,PCR,CHLAMYDIA-PSITTACI},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {9},
  pages        = {1207--1212},
  title        = {Prevalence of Chlamydophila psittaci infections in a human population in contact with domestic and companion birds},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1099/jmm.0.011379-0},
  volume       = {58},
  year         = {2009},
}

Chicago
Harkinezhad, Taher, Kristel Verminnen, MARC DE BUYZERE, Ernst Rietzschel, Sofie Bekaert, and Daisy Vanrompay. 2009. “Prevalence of Chlamydophila Psittaci Infections in a Human Population in Contact with Domestic and Companion Birds.” Journal of Medical Microbiology 58 (9): 1207–1212.
APA
Harkinezhad, T., Verminnen, K., DE BUYZERE, M., Rietzschel, E., Bekaert, S., & Vanrompay, D. (2009). Prevalence of Chlamydophila psittaci infections in a human population in contact with domestic and companion birds. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY, 58(9), 1207–1212.
Vancouver
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Harkinezhad T, Verminnen K, DE BUYZERE M, Rietzschel E, Bekaert S, Vanrompay D. Prevalence of Chlamydophila psittaci infections in a human population in contact with domestic and companion birds. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY. 2009;58(9):1207–12.
MLA
Harkinezhad, Taher, Kristel Verminnen, MARC DE BUYZERE, et al. “Prevalence of Chlamydophila Psittaci Infections in a Human Population in Contact with Domestic and Companion Birds.” JOURNAL OF MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY 58.9 (2009): 1207–1212. Print.