Risk of tick-borne bacterial diseases among workers of Roztocze National Park(south-eastern Poland).

Ewa Cisak 1, Jolanta Chmielewska-Badora 2, Jacek Zwoliński 2, Angelina Wójcik-Fatla 2, Jolanta Polak 2, Jacek Dutkiewicz 2
1 - Department of Occupational Biohazards, Institute of Agricultural Medicine, Lublin,Poland. ewac@galen.imw.lublin.pl
2 -
Ann Agric Environ Med
2005; 12 (1):
ICID: 420248
The objective of the present study was to assess the risk of borreliosisand anaplasmosis (ehrlichiosis) among the forestry workers of the Roztocze National Park (south-easternPoland) by examination of Ixodes ricinus ticks living in park area with PCR method, and by the serologicaland clinical examination of the workers. In 406 examined ticks, the prevalence of infection with Borreliaburgdorferi sensu lato was 11.5 %. The nested PCR reaction for determining the genospecies showed thatthe most common was Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto (55.3 % of total positive) followed by Borreliaafzelii (38.3 %). As many as 6.1 % out of 115 examined ticks showed the presence of Anaplasma phagocytophilumDNA. The infection rate was high in males and females (14.3 % and 11.1 % respectively) and low in nymphs(1.5 %). In 46 out 113 examined forestry workers (40.7 %) the presence of specific IgG and/or IgM antibodiesagainst Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato was found in ELISA test, while only 4 out of 56 urban blood donorsshowed a positive response (p
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