|Document ID (ISN)||103362|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1232-1966 - AAEM - Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Niścigorska J., Skotarczak B., Wodecka B.
||Borrelia burgdorferi infection among forestry workers - Assessed with an immunoenzymatic method (ELISA), PCR, and correlated with the clinical state of the patients
||2003, Vol.10, No.1, p.15-19. 41 ref.
||http://www.aaem.pl/pdf/10015.pdf [in English]
||Borreliosis or Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by the introduction of one of a class of spirochetes (the most common being Borrelia burgdorferi) into the blood stream. It is spread through the bite of the common European tick Ixodes ricinus. The most frequent occurrence is found among forestry workers and inhabitants of wooded areas. Diagnosis is based on immunoserologic tests. This study involved 52 forestry workers in Poland who responded to a questionnaire and were subjected to medical examinations. 61% were found to be seropositive. Possible correlations between the results of serological and polymerase chain reaction tests with the clinical state of the patients were investigated. Despite finding IgM antibodies in 10 persons tested, which would indicate recent infection, no DNA of B. burgdorferi was detected in their blood. Also, no DNA of this bacteria was present in 8 persons with IgM and IgG antibodies. The clinical data suggested past symptomatic infection, or even more often, asymptomatic infection with B. burgdorferi
||forestry and logging; Poland; bacterial diseases; biological hazards; Lyme disease; infectious diseases; insects
||symptoms; diagnosis; serological reactions; immunology; determination in blood; questionnaire survey
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Poland|
|Broad subject area(s)
||Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Forestry and logging