Q Fever (cont.)

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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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