Fact sheet: Environmental spread of Q fever

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  • Published: 29 Aug 2023

  • Author(s): Dr Hasanthi Abeykoon, Prof Mark Stevenson, Assoc Prof Simon Firestone

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Q fever is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Coxiella burnetii. While many people do not become sick or only suffer a mild illness from Q fever, for others it causes a prolonged, serious, and debilitating illness.

New research has examined the environmental spread of the bacteria that causes Q fever in people, providing new insight to guide land-use planning and sampling.