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Q Fever And Pregnancy

Q fever is an illness that is brought on by a microorganism known as Coxiella burnetii. This is a strain of bacterium that can infect humans and mammals like cattle, dogs, cats, goats and sheep. Usually the bacterium is airborne and can be contracted by breathing it, or you can get the illness by coming in contact with contaminated animal products like raw milk, urine, feces, mucus from the vagina or semen.More...

How Is Q Fever Prevented ?

How Is Q Fever Prevented

With a name like Q fever, this illness is not very well known across the world. However, the fever is present all over the world, other than in New Zealand. The illness is caused by a microorganism called Coxiella burnetii rickettsia. This organism is present in animals like birds, cats, dogs, cattle, sheep, goats and ticks.

People, who work with animals, including those in abattoirs, are at a risk of contracting this illness. The microorganisms are usually airborne, or present on fur, hide, birth products, feces and urine of the carrier animals. You can also get Q fever by ingesting goat cheese and raw milk.More...


Discovery Of Q Fever

Discovery Of Q Fever

Q fever was first described in 1937 after a scientist started carrying out investigations of an illness that occurred among workers working in an abattoir in Brisbane, Australia. This outbreak occurred in the year 1935. The illness was named this unique name because the scientist was not able to figure out its etiology.

Then in the year 1938, two scientists named Burnet and Freeman managed to identify the organism that caused the illness. This organism was Rickettsia, a strain of bacterium. It was believed at that time that these microorganisms were airborne and could enter a human body through either inhalation or ingestion.But later, another 2 scientists managed to identify that the microorganism was transmitted through vectors after they isolated the organism from ticks in the year 1938. The species of Rickettsia was ultimately named Coxiella burnetii.More...