Q fever

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Q fever

Q fever is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Coxiella burnetii. This disease is common in both animals and humans. Q fever is usually a mild disease that has flue like symptoms. However in rare cases when the infection returns, it can affect the heart, liver, brain or lungs. This type of the Q fever can lead to atypical pneumonia, hepatitis, and inflammation of inner lining of the heart. Common symptoms include, dry cough, fever, headache, joint pain, muscle pain. Other symptoms may include abdominal pain, rash, yellow skin, and shortness of breath. These symptoms often appear 20 days after the individual is expose to the bacteria. Q fever is usually treated with antibiotics like doxycycline. However when the infection lasts for more than 6 months, hydroxychloroquine might be also prescribed. This disease is more common in individuals who have contact with farm animals and raw dairy products. Talk with your doctor if you or your child has been diagnosed with Q fever to decide on the best treatment plan.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Q fever" returned 443 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Thrombosis and antiphospholipid antibody syndrome during acute Q fever: A cross-sectional study.
 

Author(s): Matthieu Million, Nathalie Bardin, Simon Bessis, Nadia Nouiakh, Charlaine Douliery, Sophie Edouard, Emmanouil Angelakis, Annick Bosseray, Olivier Epaulard, Stéphanie Branger, Bernard Chaudier, Karine Blanc-Laserre, Nicole Ferreira-Maldent, Elisa Demonchy, France Roblot, Jacques Reynes, Felix Djossou, Camelia Protopopescu, Patrizia Carrieri, Laurence Camoin-Jau, Jean-Louis Mege, Didier Raoult

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Jul;96(29):e7578.

 

Q fever is a neglected and potentially fatal disease. During acute Q fever, antiphospholipid antibodies are very prevalent and have been associated with fever, thrombocytopenia, acquired heart valve disease, and progression to chronic endocarditis. However, thrombosis, the main clinical ...

Last Updated: 20 Jul 2017

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Molecular detection of Coxiella burnetii from the formalin-fixed tissues of Q fever patients with acute hepatitis.
 

Author(s): Young-Rock Jang, Yong Shin, Choong Eun Jin, Bonhan Koo, Se Yoon Park, Min-Chul Kim, Taeeun Kim, Yong Pil Chong, Sang-Oh Lee, Sang-Ho Choi, Yang Soo Kim, Jun Hee Woo, Sung-Han Kim, Eunsil Yu

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Serologic diagnosis is one of the most widely used diagnostic methods for Q fever, but the window period in antibody response of 2 to 3 weeks after symptom onset results in significant diagnostic delay. We investigated the diagnostic utility of Q fever PCR from formalin-fixed liver ...

Last Updated: 3 Jul 2017

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No Such Thing as Chronic Q Fever.
 

Author(s): Matthieu Million, Didier Raoult

Journal: Emerging Infect. Dis.. 2017 May;23(5):856-857.

 

Modern diagnostic methods enable clinicians to look beyond a diagnosis of chronic Q fever and discern whether patients instead have persistent focalized Coxiella burnetii infection(s). Use of these methods and development of criteria to define and treat such infections, especially ...

Last Updated: 18 Apr 2017

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The terms "Q fever" returned 34 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Seroprevalence of Q fever among human and animal in Iran; A systematic review and meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Ashraf Mohabbati Mobarez, Fahimeh Bagheri Amiri, Saber Esmaeili

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Q fever is a main zoonotic disease around the world. The aim of this meta-analysis was to estimate the overall seroprevalence of Coxiella burnetii among human and animal population in Iran.

Last Updated: 10 Apr 2017

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Fatigue following Acute Q-Fever: A Systematic Literature Review.
 

Author(s): Gabriella Morroy, Stephan P Keijmel, Corine E Delsing, Gijs Bleijenberg, Miranda Langendam, Aura Timen, Chantal P Bleeker-Rovers

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Long-term fatigue with detrimental effects on daily functioning often occurs following acute Q-fever. Following the 2007-2010 Q-fever outbreak in the Netherlands with over 4000 notified cases, the emphasis on long-term consequences of Q-fever increased. The aim of this study was to ...

Last Updated: 26 May 2016

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Q Fever in French Guiana: Tip of the Iceberg or Epidemiological Exception?
 

Author(s): Loïc Epelboin, Mathieu Nacher, Aba Mahamat, Vincent Pommier de Santi, Alain Berlioz-Arthaud, Carole Eldin, Philippe Abboud, Sébastien Briolant, Emilie Mosnier, Margarete do Socorro Mendonça Gomes, Stephen G Vreden, Magalie Pierre-Demar, Marcus Lacerda, Didier Raoult, Elba Regina Sampaio de Lemos, Félix Djossou

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Last Updated: 6 May 2016

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Q Fever and Auto-immunity
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Q Fever; Auto-Immunity

 

Last Updated: 30 Jun 2016

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