Fact sheet: Q fever in wildlife and pests

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  • Published: 29 Aug 2023

  • Author(s): Assoc Prof Simon Firestone, Prof Mark Stevenson, Dr Anita Tolpinrud, Assoc Prof Charles Caraguel, Dr Anne-Lise Chaber

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

New research has examined a range of wildlife and pest species to fill gaps in our knowledge about their role in the transmission of the disease to livestock and people.