Molecular detection of zoonotic pathogens in the blood and tissues of camels (Camelus dromedarius) in central desert of Iran

Aliasghar Bahari, Sakineh Azami, Ali Goudarztalejerdi, Saeid Karimi, Saber Esmaeili, Bruno B. Chomel, Alireza Sazmand

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Dromedary camels (Camelus dromedarius) play a major economic role in many countries in Africa and Asia. Although they are resistant to harsh environmental conditions, they are susceptible to a wide range of zoonotic agents. This study aimed to provide an overview on the prevalence of selected zoonotic pathogens in blood and tissues of camels in central Iran. Blood, liver, portal lymph node, and brain were collected from 100 apparently healthy camels at a slaughterhouse in Qom city to assess the presence of DNA of Brucella spp., Trypanosoma spp., Coxiella burnetii, and Bartonella spp. PCR products were sequenced bidirectionally and phylogenetic analyses were performed. Eleven percent of camels tested positive for Brucella abortus (3%) and Trypanosoma evansi (8%). Coxiella burnetii and Bartonella spp. DNA was not detected. Our data demonstrate that camels from Iran contribute to the epidemiology of some zoonotic pathogens. Performing proper control strategies, such as vaccination of camels and humans in contact with them, test-and-slaughter policy, and education of the general population is necessary for minimizing the risk of zoonotic infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-258
Number of pages10
JournalYale Journal of Biology and Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2021


  • Bartonella
  • Brucella abortus
  • Camel
  • Camelus dromedarius
  • Coxiella burnetii
  • Iran
  • One Health
  • PCR
  • Trypanosoma evansi
  • Zoonosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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