Q Fever

Impacts

Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Horses, Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Rodents, some Birds, and Humans

Overview / Symptoms

  • Q fever is caused by the bacterium Coxiella burnetii and affects cattle, sheep, goats, cats, dogs, birds, rodents, and other animals worldwide
  • Transmitted to humans through contact with infected animals or contaminated environments
  • Humans may experience high fevers, headache, malaise, chills/sweats, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and/or chest pain
  • Animals may experience anorexia, depression, and/or abortions
  • Ticks may also carry this bacterium between humans and other animal hosts