Seroprevalence of Brucella in an elderly population in mid-Anatolia, Turkey


Sumer H. , Sumer Z. , Alim A., Nur N. , Ozdemir L.

JOURNAL OF HEALTH POPULATION AND NUTRITION, cilt.21, ss.158-161, 2003 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 21 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2003
  • Dergi Adı: JOURNAL OF HEALTH POPULATION AND NUTRITION
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.158-161

Özet

Brucellosis is a widespread infectious disease in the mid-Anatolia regions of Turkey. This study investigated the prevalence of Brucella infection in elderly people of this region. In total, 750 elderly subjects were chosen by a simple random-sampling method. Blood samples were evaluated by the Brucella Wright agglutination test. Brucella seropositivity was detected in 24 (3.2%) of the 750 subjects. Although there was no statistical correlation between Brucella seropositivity and sex or educational level (p>0.05), seropositivity was statistically significant with subjects exposed to risk factors (p<0.001). It is concluded that Brucella infection is still an important public-health problem in the cities of mid-Anatolia.