Q FEVER: PUBLIC HEALTH
Apart from occasional abortions in sheep and cattle, C.
burnetii generally causes
no disease in most of its hosts.
The main exception is man, in whom infection can cause:
vomiting and diarrhoea.
Traditionally, veterinary surgeons, abattoir workers
and farmers were most at risk of infection, but more recently urban outbreaks have
occurred in the UK where the source of infection was difficult to determine. In North
America there have been several reports of Q fever in man contracted from parturient
and aborting cats.
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