Coxiella burnetii - Q-Fever

Q-fever is a worldwide zoonosis caused by Coxiella burnetii and named for a 1985 disease outbreak in Queensland, Australia. For definitive diagnosis in the early stages of illness it is recommended to use serologic tests in combination with PCR of whole blood or serum. Treatment should be initiated as soon as Q fever is suspected and should never be withheld pending the receipt of diagnostic test results.

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Last Update: July 2018