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- Q Fever is a disease caused by a bacteria called Coxiella burnetii.
- Q Fever has acute and chronic stages
- Q Fever is found most in livestock such as sheep, goats, and cattle, but a variety of species can contract the disease.
- The bacteria that causes Q Fever can be found in the milk, urine, and feces of animals who are infected with the disease. This bacteria can not be killed by using disinfectants, drying or heating.
- Some of the causes of Q Fever are consuming raw milk and dairy products or tick bites. The most common way to contract the disease is inhalation of air that is infected.
Q Fever varies from person to person and symptoms are more likely to show in those people with weaker immune systems like pregnant women and people with heart issues. Symptoms can take between 2 to 3 weeks to show after contraction of the disease Chronic cases of Q Fever only occur in a small percent of people.
Acute Symptoms include:
- Stomach pain
- Chest pain
- An antibiotic is used to treat Q fever and if the disease is detected with in days of contraction symptoms usually go away within 72 hours of treatment with the antibiotic.
- The treatment and the antibiotic used for a pregnant woman who has Q fever is different from others who have the disease.
- Don’t eat raw dairy products
- Don’t eat animals that could be infected
- Try to avoid inhaling dust from a barn
- Try to avoid bodily fluids such as amniotic fluid, urine, saliva, blood, etc. from animals who may be infected
- Those who work with livestock and farm animals such as farmers and veterinarians are at a higher risk of catching Q Fever.
- Use extreme caution if you handle livestock and farm animals often
About half of Q Fever cases are reported in the states of