Antibodies in Outdoor Workers

Am J Public Health. 1993 Dec;83(12):1746-8.

Antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi and tick salivary gland proteins in New Jersey outdoor workers.

Schwartz BS1, Goldstein MD, Childs JE.

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In 1990, a second cross-sectional study of outdoor workers (n = 758) at high risk for Lyme disease was conducted. A questionnaire was administered, and antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi and tick salivary gland proteins (antitick saliva antibody, a biologic marker of tick exposure) were assayed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.

The statewideLyme disease seroprevalence increased from 8.1% in 1988 to 18.7% in 1990. Antitick saliva antibody seropositivity varied by county and was associated with measures of self-reported tick exposure.

The data suggested that the prevalence of B. burgdorferi infection increased in New Jersey outdoor workers from 1988 to 1990.

PMID: 8259808 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] PMCID: PMC1694949 Free PMC Article