The Prevalence of Brucellosis in Adults in Northeastern Region of Turkey


avatar Gulhan Arvas 1 , avatar Yasemin Akkoyunlu 2 , * , avatar Mustafa Berktas 3 , avatar Bulent Kaya 4 , avatar Turan Aslan 2

Igdir University, Medical Technology Vocational Training School, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Igdir, Turkey
Bezmialem Vakif University, School of Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Istanbul, Turkey
100. Yil University, School of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Van, Turkey
Igdir State Hospital, Department of Paediatrics, Igdir, Turkey

how to cite: Arvas G, Akkoyunlu Y, Berktas M, Kaya B, Aslan T. The Prevalence of Brucellosis in Adults in Northeastern Region of Turkey. Jundishapur J Microbiol.6(3): 262-4. doi: 10.5812/jjm.5147.



Brucellosis is prevalent in the Mediterranean basin, the Indian subcontinent, the Arabian peninsula, and in parts of Central Asia, Africa, Central and South America. However it continues to be one of the major health problems in developing countries, including Turkey.


The current study aimed to determine the incidence of brucellosis, which is previewed to be very common in the northeastern region of Turkey, in order to emphasize the problem.

Materials and Methods:

Seroprevalence of brucellosis was examined in sera of 2913 patients who referred to Igd?r State Hospital between February and December of the year 2010 by Standard Tube Agglutination Test method.


Results were statistically evaluated using chi-square trend analysis method. Significantly high level (1/40 dilution) of specific antibodies were detected in 525 (18 %) patient sera (P = 0.111).


We hope that Turkey will be one of the brucellosis-free countries in near future with highlights from the current and further studies.

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