Detection of Coxiella burnetii in Urban River Water

Emilio D'Ugo, Massimo Sdanganelli, Cinzia Grasso, Fabio Magurano, Stefania Marcheggiani, Bas Boots, Melissa Baggieri, Laura Mancini

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Previous molecular-based studies have identified microorganisms of zoonotic and human nature in surface waters. Contaminated water can lead to human health issues, and the detection of pathogenic microorganisms is a valuable tool for the prevention of their spread. Water samples were taken from the River Tiber in and out of the city of Rome. Genetic analysis of the sequences obtained showed the presence of Coxiella burnetii in both the analyzed sites. Blast analysis showed that two sequences were identical to each other. Sequences from the polluted site showed high homology with different strains of C. burnetii. In this article, we report for the first time the presence of C. burnetii in environmental waters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)514-516
Number of pages3
JournalVector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2017


  • Coxiella burnetii
  • environmental waters
  • zoonotic disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology


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