Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 51, Issue 4, pp 983–986 | Cite as

Detection of the presence of Coxiella burnetii in a case of goat abortion: a first report from India

  • S. Rajagunalan
  • K. GururajEmail author
  • U. Lakshmikantan
  • M. Murugan
  • A. Ganesan
  • A. Sundar
  • S. Sureshkannan
  • Dimple Andani
  • Rajveer Singh Pawaiya
Short Communications


Abortion is a major cause of economic loss to the goat industry. Coxiella burnetii the causative agent of Q fever is an important zoonotic agent known to be prevalent worldwide. In the present investigation, we detected the presence of Coxiella burnetii by the modified Ziehl Neelsen method of staining and its DNA by trans-PCR assay in the placenta obtained from the aborted goat. We also ruled out other common causes of abortion in this case. Based on a literature survey, this is the first report on the direct detection of Coxiella burnetii from an aborted goat to be reported from India.


Coxiella burnetii Q fever Abortion Goats Trans-PCR India 



The authors are thankful to The Dean, VCRI, TANUVAS, Tirunelveli, and The Director, ICAR-CIRG, for providing necessary facilities and funds for carrying out this research work.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Veterinary Public Health and EpidemiologyVeterinary College and Research InstituteTirunelveliIndia
  2. 2.Animal Health DivisionICAR-Central Institute for Research on GoatsMathuraIndia
  3. 3.Department of Veterinary Gynaecology and ObstetricsVeterinary College and Research InstituteTirunelveliIndia

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