005-Q Fever


by Helen M. Sowers, M.A., CLS, Dept. of Biological Science (Retired), California State University, East Bay

Approved for 3.0 CE
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

Q fever, a zoonotic disease caused by the bacterium, Coxiella burnetii, can cause acute or
chronic illness in humans. Transmission occurs primarily through inhalation of aerosols from contaminated soil or animal waste. No licensed vaccine is available in the United States. Because many human infections result in nonspecific or benign constitutional symptoms, establishing a diagnosis of Q fever often is challenging for clinicians. This report provides the first national recommendations issued by CDC for Q fever recognition, clinical and laboratory diagnosis, treatment, management, and reporting for health-care personnel and public health professionals. The guidelines address treatment of acute and chronic phases of Q fever illness in children, adults, and pregnant women, as well as management of occupational exposures.

After completing this course the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the causative agent of Q fever
  2. List the symptoms of acute Q fever in adults, children, and pregnant women
  3. Compare acute Q fever to chronic Q fever
  4. Discuss the laboratory tests for Q fever
  5. Outline treatment for acute and chronic Q fever as well as for pregnant women
  6. List the occupations with increased risk of exposure to Q fever
  7. Discuss the epidemiology of Q fever
  8. Outline the procedures for reporting Q fever
  9. Discuss occupational exposure and prevention

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