Simple Facts About "Q Fever"

City of Berkeley Public Health Division
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What is Q fever and how do I get it?

The germ that causes Q fever infection is generally spread to people by:

  • touching infected animals (cows, ducks, turkeys)

  • touching infected straw or manure

  • breathing infected dust or soil

  • drinking infected milk or milk products

Can I catch the disease from someone else?

No. The infection is NOT spread from person to person.

What are the symptoms?

Not everyone who comes in contact with the germ will get sick. The symptoms may include fever, dry cough, headache, tiredness, chills, sweats, sore muscles, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and pain in the lungs when breathing deeply.

When do symptoms start?

The symptoms may start from 2 - 14 days after you were in contact with the germ.

Is there a treatment for Q fever?

Yes. Q fever can be treated with antibiotics.

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