Taking the Q (query) out of Q fever

  • 80 pages

  • Published: 12 Sep 2022

  • Author(s): Mark Stevenson, Bonny Cumming, Toni Nugent

  • ISBN: 978-1-76053-296-3

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The project Taking the Q (query) out of Q fever: Developing a better understanding of the drivers of Q fever spread in farmed ruminants was supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry as part of its Rural R&D for Profit program.

Project funding was administered by AgriFutures Australia. Meredith Dairy was an industry partner that contributed funds to the project. The University of Melbourne and The University of Queensland provided financial and in-kind contributions to the project. The University of Adelaide, Charles Sturt University, Australian Rickettsial Reference Laboratory and GoatVetOz all supported the project through in-kind contributions.

Taking the Q (query) out of Q fever was a multidisciplinary research-industry partnership that aimed to develop a better understanding of factors influencing the risk of Q fever spread within and between Australian ruminant livestock enterprises, and develop national guidelines for an emergency response plan to be used in the event of future Q fever outbreaks in humans.

The project ran from 2016 to 2022 and sought to generate knowledge that resulted in productivity benefits for livestock producers, but that could also be used to develop policies to limit the likelihood of a large and prolonged Q fever outbreak in Australia. This was achieved through industry-focused research to better understand Q fever reservoirs, amplification and transmission pathways.

This report was written by Prof. Mark Stevenson, Dr Bonny Cumming and Toni Nugent.