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Q fever is a disease that spreads from animals to humans and can be found all over the world. It is caused by the bacterium called Coxiella burnetii. Animals such as goats, sheep, cattle and some other domesticated animals can carry the bacteria in their flesh and body fluids. For more information about Q fever, see HealthLinkBC File #79 Q Fever.
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Q fever is an infectious disease that is spread by the inhalation or ingestion of a bacterium known as Coxiella burnetii, which belongs to the order of Legionellales. C. burnetii is spread mainly by breathing contaminated air or eating or drinking a contaminated food. Farm workers, especially those who work with animals, people who work in slaughterhouses and veterinarians are especially vulnerable to this disease. Because infection can occur as a result of airborne transmission and the agent is very resistant to environmental conditions, it was included on the list of possible bacteriological weapons. Q fever causes highly variable diseases ranging from acute (often self-limited) infection to fatal chronic infection. Infections that do not cause outward symptoms (subclinical) or no symptoms (asymptomatic) are also common.
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