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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The terms "Q fever" returned 463 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Serosurveillance of Coxiellosis (Q-fever) and Brucellosis in goats in selected provinces of Lao People's Democratic Republic.
 

Author(s): Rebekah J L Burns, Bounlom Douangngeun, Watthana Theppangna, Syseng Khounsy, Mavuto Mukaka, Paul W Selleck, Eric Hansson, Matthew D Wegner, Peter A Windsor, Stuart D Blacksell

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Goat raising is a growing industry in Lao People's Democratic Republic, with minimal disease investigation to date, especially zoonoses. This study determined the proportional seropositivity of two zoonotic diseases: Q fever (causative agent Coxiella burnetii) and Brucellosis (Brucella ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Seroprevalence of rickettsial infections and Q fever in Bhutan.
 

Author(s): Tshokey Tshokey, John Stenos, David N Durrheim, Keith Eastwood, Chelsea Nguyen, Stephen R Graves

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With few studies conducted to date, very little is known about the epidemiology of rickettsioses in Bhutan. Due to two previous outbreaks and increasing clinical cases, scrub typhus is better recognized than other rickettsial infections and Q fever.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Remarkable spatial variation in the seroprevalence of Coxiella burnetii after a large Q fever epidemic.
 

Author(s): Roan Pijnacker, Johan Reimerink, Lidwien A M Smit, Arianne B van Gageldonk-Lafeber, Jan-Paul Zock, Floor Borlée, Joris Yzermans, Dick J J Heederik, Catharina B M Maassen, Wim van der Hoek

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Prior to the 2007-2010 Q fever epidemic in the Netherlands, the seroprevalence of antibodies against Coxiella burnetii in the general population was 1.5%, which is low compared to other countries. We aimed to determine the seroprevalence after the Q fever epidemic among people living ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Q fever" returned 37 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Q fever in Spain: Description of a new series, and systematic review.
 

Author(s): Vanesa Alende-Castro, Cristina Macía-Rodríguez, Ignacio Novo-Veleiro, Xana García-Fernández, Mercedes Treviño-Castellano, Sergio Rodríguez-Fernández, Arturo González-Quintela

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Forms of presentation of Q fever vary widely across Spain, with differences between the north and south. In the absence of reported case series from Galicia (north-west Spain), this study sought to describe a Q-fever case series in this region for the first time, and conduct a systematic ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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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: 31 Dec 1969

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From Q Fever to Coxiella burnetii Infection: a Paradigm Change.
 

Author(s): Carole Eldin, Cléa Mélenotte, Oleg Mediannikov, Eric Ghigo, Matthieu Million, Sophie Edouard, Jean-Louis Mege, Max Maurin, Didier Raoult

Journal: Clin. Microbiol. Rev.. 2017 01;30(1):115-190.

 

Coxiella burnetii is the agent of Q fever, or "query fever," a zoonosis first described in Australia in 1937. Since this first description, knowledge about this pathogen and its associated infections has increased dramatically. We review here all the progress made over the last 20 ...

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Last Updated: 28 May 2018

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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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