[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Leishmaniasis has increased in importance in recent years because infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has emerged as a risk factor for this disease. However, the actual prevalence of leishmaniasis in the general population of Spain is unknown. We present a study of the seroprevalence of infection with Leishmania infantum in the general population of Castilla-Leon, Spain. A random sample of individuals presenting to health care clinics (4,825 sera) and of HIV-infected patients in the autonomous community of Castilla-Leon was collected in 1996. The sero-prevalence of antibodies to L. infantum was determined by an indirect enzyme immunoassay and found to be 4.9% in the general population. There was a significant increase in seroprevalence with age (P = 0.001), from 3.96% in those 14-20 years old to 7.2% in those > 70 years old. There were no significant differences between women and men (5.0% versus 4.9%; P = 0.9534). Seroprevalence was significantly higher in people from rural areas than in those from cities (6.0% versus 3.4%; P = 0.001). Patients infected with HIV had a seroprevalence for L. infantum of 64.0%. No differences were observed between women and men, and prevalence did not increase with age.
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene 11/2004; 71(4):403-6. · 2.70 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Human hydatidosis is a prevalent zoonotic disease in the Castilla y León region of Spain. The aim of this study is to investigate the seroprevalence of Echinococcus granulosus infection in this region.
We studied 4824 serum samples from a random, representative population of healthy individuals from each province of Castilla y León, obtained over one year. An indirect enzyme-immunoassay developed in our laboratory was used to determine the presence of IgG antibodies against Echinococcus granulosus in these samples.
IgG antibodies against Echinococcus granulosus were detected in 3.4% (164/4824) of samples studied, with a range of 1.26% to 7.10%, depending on the province. Antibody seroprevalence increased significantly with age, but there was no significant sex-related difference (3.66% men vs. 3.14% women).
The seroprevalence of Echinococcus granulosus infection in Castilla y León is still high. These data contribute to hydatidosis surveillance within the control program for this disease.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of a commercial immunoblot (IgG and IgM BAG-Borrelia blot) in the serologic diagnosis of the early stages of Lyme disease. A total of 42 sera from patients with Lyme disease (24 patients with localized early stage (LES) and 18 patients with disseminated early stage (DES)) and 129 sera from patients with non-Lyme diseases (specificity control sera) were studied. IgG anti-p41 from Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. was present in 95.2% of patients followed by anti-p41/I PBi (16.7%), anti-p100 (9.5%) and anti-OspA (9.5%). IgM anti-p41 was present in 66.7% of patients, p41/iPBi (54.8%) and OspC (33.3%). IgM against p100, OspA and OspC were more frequent in DES patients (16.7%, 27.8% and 44.4%) than in LES patients (0.0%, 4.2% and 25.0%). In 4.8% of the cases no IgG bands were present and in 26.2% no IgM bands were present. With the exception of isolated p41 bands (59.5%), no band pattern exceeded 17%. Using manufacturer's instructions, test sensitivity in diagnosis of the early stage of Lyme disease is 61.9%, specificity 98.4% and positive and negative predictive values 92.8% and 88.8% respectively. Applying the EUCALB 5, 6 or 7 rules sensitivity increased to 73.8% although specificity decreased to 89.9%. Of the 129 specific control sera, 41.8% presented IgG anti-p41 and 10.8% IgM anti-p41. Patients with non-Lyme diseases that presented more IgG and IgM bands were those patients with syphilis (88.2%), patients with anti-HIV antibodies (57.8%) and patients with anti-nuclear antibodies (ANA) (52.3%).
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of this paper was determine the prevalence of antibodies against Francisella tularensis in the representative sample of people from Castilla-León (Spain) before epidemic outbreak of end 1997.
We obtain 4,825 sera (between april-1996 and april-1997) of people from Castilla-León. All sera were tested by a microagglutination technique to detect antibodies against Francisella tularensis. The positive sera were tested to determine cross-reaction with Brucella, Yersinia enterocolitica and Proteus in the tube agglutination tests.
We detected antibodies against Francisella tularensis in 9 (0,19%) of the 4,825 sera. Only one serum from the 9 seropositive was positive in the tube agglutination against Brucella. None of the 9 sera were positive against the remaining bacterial antigen tested.
In the people of Castilla-León before 1997 the prevalence of antibodies against Francisella tularensis was 0,19%.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background and objectives
The aim of this paperwas determine the prevalence of antibodiesagainst Francisella tularensis in the representativesample of people from Castilla-León(Spain) before epidemic outbreak of end 1997.
Subjects and method
We obtain 4,825 sera(between april-1996 and april-1997) of peoplefrom Castilla-León. All sera were tested bya microagglutination technique to detect antibodiesagainst Francisella tularensis. The positivesera were tested to determine cross-reactionwith Brucella, Yersinia enterocolitica andProteus in the tube agglutination tests.
We detected antibodies against Francisellatularensis in 9 (0,19%) of the 4,825sera. Only one serum from the 9 seropositivewas positive in the tube agglutination againstBrucella. None of the 9 sera were positiveagainst the remaining bacterial antigen tested.
In the people of Castilla-León before1997 the prevalence of antibodies againstFrancisella tularensis was 0,19%.