Diagnosis of Q fever in livestock and wildlife using direct and indirect tests
Analysis of clinical samples by means of direct (real-time PCR direct detection) and indirect (serological tests, IFN-gamma detection assay) diagnostic techniques to assess the distribution of Coxiella burnetii on the animal reservoir and to determine the immune response induced in infected animals.
Assessment of the distribution of Coxiella burnetii in livestock and wildlife and the potential zoonotic risk as source of infection posed by the animal reservoir.
Detection of risk factors associated with a higher infection risk in domestic ruminants.
Development of indirect diagnostic tools for early diagnosis of C. burnetii infection.