Seroepidemiology of Rickettsia typhi, spotted fever group rickettsiae, and Coxiella burnetti infection in pregnant women from urban Tanzania.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Immunofluorescent antibody (IFA) testing was performed on sera drawn from 150 pregnant women in the port city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Prevalence of antibodies to Rickettsia typhi was 28%, higher than in any of the 12 other African countries in which serosurveys using IFA testing have been performed. Seroprevalence of antibodies to spotted fever group rickettsiae antigens was 25.3%, comparable with that found in other sub-Saharan countries endemic for Amblyomma ticks. Only 4.7% of women were seropositive for Coxiella burnetii.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Anstey, NM; Tissot Dupont, H; Hahn, CG; Mwaikambo, ED; McDonald, MI; Raoult, D; Sexton, DJ

Published Date

  • August 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 57 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 187 - 189

PubMed ID

  • 9288814

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9637

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4269/ajtmh.1997.57.187


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States