Q Fever

The Q stands for “query” due to the unknown etiology of the mystery disease when it was first recognized - Mother Nature Network

Q Fever

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Disease in the dust

Q fever is an Australian discovery; it was first identified in Queensland in the 1930s. Australia is also the only country in the world where a Q-fever vaccine for humans is available. Once thought to be restricted to abattoir and farm workers, Q fever has recently gained attention following an epidemic in The Netherlands in which more than 4,000 people officially contracted the disease.

Q fever is caused by infection with a bacterium known as Coxiella burnetii (C. burnetii), and people can catch it from animals such as sheep, goats and cattle by breathing in contaminated particles of fluid or dust. In The Netherlands the epidemic centred on a number of infected dairy goat farms, but…

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