Q fever pneumonia

Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2010 Mar;24(1):27-41. doi: 10.1016/j.idc.2009.10.004.


Q fever is a disease found in both humans and animals, caused by the bacterium Coxiella burnetii. The epidemiology of Q fever is that of the animal reservoirs of the infection including both direct and indirect contact and use of a variety of products from such animals as cattle, sheep, and goats. Pneumonia is the major manifestation of Q fever in some countries. It is mild to moderate in severity, and mortality is unusual. It can occur as sporadic or outbreak cases.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cattle
  • Coxiella burnetii / isolation & purification*
  • Goats
  • Humans
  • Pneumonia, Bacterial / microbiology*
  • Q Fever / epidemiology
  • Q Fever / pathology
  • Q Fever / transmission*
  • Q Fever / veterinary*
  • Sheep
  • Zoonoses / transmission*