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Document ID (ISN)103362
CIS number 04-465
ISSN - Serial title 1232-1966 - AAEM - Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Niścigorska J., Skotarczak B., Wodecka B.
Title Borrelia burgdorferi infection among forestry workers - Assessed with an immunoenzymatic method (ELISA), PCR, and correlated with the clinical state of the patients
Bibliographic information 2003, Vol.10, No.1, p.15-19. 41 ref.
Internet access http://www.aaem.pl/pdf/10015.pdf [in English]
Abstract 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
Descriptors (primary) forestry and logging; Poland; bacterial diseases; biological hazards; Lyme disease; infectious diseases; insects
Descriptors (secondary) symptoms; diagnosis; serological reactions; immunology; determination in blood; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvincePoland
Subject(s) Forestry
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Forestry and logging
Animal hazards
Biological hazards