Seroprevalence of Brucellosis among Children in the Middle Anatolia Region of Turkey


Gul S., SATILMIS O. K. , OZTURK B., GOKCE M. I. , Kuscu F.

JOURNAL OF HEALTH POPULATION AND NUTRITION, cilt.32, ss.577-579, 2014 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 32 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2014
  • Dergi Adı: JOURNAL OF HEALTH POPULATION AND NUTRITION
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.577-579

Özet

Brucellosis is an important public-health problem in Turkey. Children may constitute 20 to 30% of all brucellosis cases in the world, especially in the endemic regions. Data on the seroprevalence of brucellosis in childhood are very limited. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the seroprevalence of brucellosis among a child population. One thousand one hundred and ten subjects were included in the study. Blood samples were collected and tested with Rose Bengal (RB) and standard tube agglutination test (SAT). RB test results were positive for 6 patients, and SAT was negative for all patients. Our findings suggest that seroprevalence of brucellosis is decreasing in Middle Anatolia due to a new cattle vaccination and eradication programme which was initiated in 2009.