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Q fever

n.
An infectious disease of humans characterized by fever, malaise, muscle pain, and sometimes chronic endocarditis, caused by a bacterium (Coxiella burnetii) that infects many animal species. It is transmitted to humans chiefly by inhalation of contaminated air from infected domestic animals, as on farms.

[q(uery) (because originally the infectious agent was unknown) + fever.]

Q fever

n
(Pathology) an acute disease characterized by fever and pneumonia, transmitted to man by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetii
[C20: from q(uery) fever (the cause being unknown when it was named)]

Q fever


n.
an acute, influenzalike disease transmitted to humans by contact with infected cattle, sheep, and goats, caused by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetii.
[1935–40; abbr. of query]
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Noun1.Q fever - an acute disease resembling influenza
rickettsial disease, rickettsiosis - infectious disease caused by ticks or mites or body lice infected with rickettsial bacteria
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Population screening for chronic Q-fever seven years after a major outbreak.
The first confirmed case of Q-fever in China was reported in 1950.[sup][15] However, very few cases of Q fever endocarditis from the mainland of China have been reported in the literature.
Van Sambeek et al., "Vascular complications of Q-fever infections," European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, vol.
Coxiella burnetii blood cultures from acute and chronic Q-fever patients.
burnetii, the etiological agent of Q-fever, have helped to identify new diagnostic antigens [36, 38, 45].
The largest single funding source was the National Institutes of Health, which provided $29.6 million, or 26.7 percent, to MSU for everything from the university's Center for Native Health Partnerships, to research into boosting humans' innate immunity, to treatments for chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis and infectious diseases such as influenza, Q-fever and rotavirus.
Summary: A new goat flu (known as Q-fever) has struck the Netherlands since last week, press reports said on Wednesday, raising fresh concerns over the possibility of an outbreak of a new global pandemic
Bacterial diseases that might be addressed include anthrax, brucellosis, cholera, plague, shigellosis, tularemia, Q-Fever, and typhus."
Victims of a freak outbreak of Q-fever in the Midlands could be close to finding out how they contracted the illness thanks to hospital research.
George, who worked as a coach driver for 25 years before the illness struck, said: "When I mention Q-fever to doctors they say they have never heard of it.
Among the pathogens that have been adopted as biological warfare agents are the organisms that cause smallpox, anthrax, plague, tularemia, brucellosis, and Q-fever. However, a terrorist could use virtually any pathogen or toxin.