PRELIMINARY STUDY ON THE PREVALENCE OF COXIELLA BURNETII IN CHEESES PRODUCED IN SOUTHERN ITALY

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Y.T.R. Proroga *
F. Casalinuovo
A. Mancusi
R. Gagliardi
P. Rippa
F. Albano
V. Damiani
D. Squillaro
A. Guarino
F. Capuano
(*) Corresponding Author:
Y.T.R. Proroga | lucia.zoppi@pagepress.org

Abstract

In this study the presence of Coxiella burnetii in cow, buffalo and small ruminants (sheep and goat) cheeses produced in southern Italy has been evaluated with the aim to analyze the risk of infection for consumers. The survey was performed using molecular assays (Real-Time PCR) to detect the presence of C. burnetii DNA. The samples have been furthermore tested with specific methods for species identification in milk and dairy products. C. burnetii has been detected in 75% of cow cheese samples, while in small ruminants and buffaloes diary products have been assessed at 45,9% and 23,9% respectively.

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