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What is Q fever?

Q fever is an uncommon infectious disease. Animals transmit the disease to humans (this sort of infectious disease is called a zoonosis). Most often, cattle, goats, and sheep transmit Q fever, but it can also come from cats, dogs, rabbits, and other animals. Rarely, it's possible for Q fever to spread from person to person. In 2010, there were 131 cases of Q fever in the United States reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; however, some people with Q fever have only very mild symptoms and so do not seek medical care. Therefore, the actual number of cases is probably larger. In most people, Q fever causes high fevers, sweating, muscle aches, headaches, cough, chills, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The disease can cause a chronic infection that can result in endocarditis (inflammation of the valves of the heart). In March, 2013, the CDC published the first set of national guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of Q fever.

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Comment from: Lori, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

About 3 weeks after a sustained bite from a deer tick I developed serious muscle pain in my legs just above the knee. With no one aware of the positive Q fever, I was treated with pain killers to no avail. Negative twice for Lyme disease, I insisted on proactive medicines for Lyme at the time of the second test. By the time I got tested for Q fever I'd already started receiving the medicines needed and was improving. Prior to the antibiotics I was almost disabled, could barely walk, or bend. This happened in fall, a tick so tiny. They call them winter ticks and our land is wooded with grassy areas frequented by deer, mice, etc. We live in northern Wisconsin. No other symptoms other than one swollen lymph node, but incredibly painful joints connected to the long bones of my body.

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