by ricketssia an infection microbe carried by sheep, cattle
can be acquired by contact with milk, urine, and faeces and
by breathing it in. people who work with animals are at the
greatest risk (not travelers).
vaccine exists but is only recommended for high-risk occupations.
This illness occurs worldwide but greater in rural areas.
Symptoms begin after 10-20 days of incubation with headache,
fever, shivering, muscle aches, loss of appetite, fatiguability,
sharp pain with deep breathes.
symptoms last 2 weeks but rarely heart, liver and brain complications
Diagnosis is confirmed with a blood test but may not be suspected
because it is rare and hard to differentiate clinically from
other viral illnesses.
(doxycycline) can speed up reduction of symptoms although
usually the disease is self-limited.
Q Fever links
Australian Q Fever Register http://www.qfever.org/