Fact sheet: Guidelines for collaborative management of zoonotic diseases

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  • Published: 29 Aug 2023

  • Author(s): Assoc Prof Jane Heller, Dr Tabita Tan, Ms Lynne Hayes

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Coxiella burnetii is zoonotic, which means it can be spread to people from infected animals or the environment.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. In animals the disease is called coxiellosis.

New research has confirmed that a collaborative or ‘One Health’ approach is needed for early identification, better communication, and management of zoonotic diseases like Q fever.