Definition of Q fever

1. Noun. An acute disease resembling influenza.

Definition of Q fever

1. Noun. (pathology) An infectious disease, resembling influenza, caused by the bacterium ''Coxiella burnetii'' ¹

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Medical Definition of Q fever

1. An acute (abrupt-onset), self-limited febrile illness first reported in 1935 in Queensland, Australia. The Q is said not to be for Queensland, but for query since the cause of the disease was long a query (question mark). It is caused by the bacterium Coxiella burnetii, a rickettsia which mainly afflicts sheep and cattle but can be transmitted to humans who have contact with infected animals. Symptoms resemble those of influenza and include sudden onset of fever, headache, malaise, and pneumonia (interstitial pneumonitis) but no rash. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Q Fever

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Literary usage of Q fever

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1. U. S. Dual-Use Exports to Iraq and Their Impact on the Health of the Persian DIANE Publishing Company by DIANE Publishing Company (1997)
"Unlike other ricker sia! diseases, q fever is not associated with a cutaneous ... Symptoms and Signs In fatal q fever, lobar consolidation usually occurs, ..."

2. The Oxford Medicine by Henry Asbury Christian, James Mackenzie (1920)
"THE COMMISSION ON ACUTE RESPIRATORY DISEASES: q fever among troops returning from Italy in ... Four papers on epidemics of q fever among troops, Fort Bragg, ..."

3. Biosafety in the Laboratory: Prudent Practices for the Handling and Disposal by National Research Council (U. S.) (1989)
"A broad range of domestic and wild mammals are natural hosts for q fever and ... The estimated human 25- 50% infectious dose (inhalation) for q fever is 10 ..."

4. Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories edited by Jonathan Y. Richmond, Robert W. McKinney (1994)
"... earlier reports of six cases of q fever in a commercial laundry cleaning linens and uniforms from a laboratory working with the agent,140 one case of Q ..."

5. Department of Defense Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program: Congressional edited by John Warner (2001)
"Regarding the q fever vaccine, additional RDT&E work is required to meet FDA licensure for this ... This work will delay the procurement of q fever vaccine. ..."

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