Q fever

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From query + fever, the causative agent being unknown at the time.

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Q fever ‎(uncountable)

  1. An infectious disease, resembling influenza, caused by the bacterium Coxiella burnetii (previously classified as Rickettsia burnetii).
    • 1995, M. Isaacson, M. J. Hale, Chapter 8: Infections Caused by Rickettsiae, W. Doerr, Tropical Pathology, page 275,
      In the past it was believed that chronic Q fever was always the result of reactivation of a primary infection which persisted in latent form.
    • 2001, Todd Hatchette, Thomas J. Marrie, Q Fever, entry in R. W. Ashford, Encyclopedia of Arthropod-transmitted Infections of Man and Domesticated Animals, page 417,
      Q fever (query fever) is a zoonosis with worldwide distribution. New Zealand is the only country free of the disease.
    • 2013, H. I. J. Roest, A. Bossers, J. M. J. Rebel, Q Fever Diagnosis and Control in Domestic Ruminants, J. A. Roth, J. A. Richt, I. A. Morozov (editors), Vaccines and Diagnostics for Transboundary Animal Diseases, page 183,
      Q fever has a major public health impact when outbreaks occur. [] Accurate diagnosis and effective control strategies are necessary to limit the zoonotic and veterinary impact of Q fever.

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