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- What is Q fever?
- Where does the name Q fever come from? What causes Q fever?
- How does Q fever spread?
- Who is at risk for getting Q fever?
- Are there different forms of Q fever?
- What are the signs and symptoms of Q fever?
- How do physicians diagnose Q fever?
- Is Q fever deadly?
- Is Q fever contagious?
- What is the danger of getting Q fever while pregnant?
- What complications may arise with Q fever?
- What is the prognosis for Q fever?
- If it is not Q fever, what else could it be?
- What should people do if they have been exposed to Q fever?
- Is there any treatment for Q fever?
- Is there a vaccine against Q fever?
- Is Q fever a bioterrorism threat?
- Where can people find more information about Q fever?
Is there a vaccine against Q fever?
There is no vaccine approved in the U.S. for the prevention of Q fever, although there is a vaccine used in Australia.
Is Q fever a bioterrorism threat?
Because the organism that causes Q fever is so highly infectious, Coxiella burnetii has been researched as a bioterrorism weapon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rate Coxiella burnetii as a class B priority agent, in a classification scheme where class A agents have the most potential for harm and class C agents the least.
Where can people find more information about Q fever?
Excellent information about Q fever can be found at the web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/qfever/.
Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease
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