By Dr Felicia Pradera and Miss Madeleine Walters
Q fever has recently generated a significant amount of nationwide attention with the rise of farm lobby campaigns for access to the Q fever vaccination and the development of a Q fever National Taskforce. Nonetheless, in the medical countermeasures domain, Q fever has long been of niche interest to scientific researchers.
Q fever was first described in Queensland in 1935. It was dubbed ‘query fever’ as the symptoms were non-specific, consisting of malaise, fever, headache and chills. Infection is caused by the pathogen C.burnetii, commonly transmitted to humans through contact with contaminated agricultural products or exposure to infected livestock. (more…)Posted by Emily Kibble on February 19th, 2020 Tagged: agriculture, C.burnetii, chronic fatigue, disease, DMTC, livestock, Q fever, Q fever national taskforce, rural