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Q Fever is an infectious disease that is spread by the inhalation or ingestion of bacteria of the family Rickettsia and, more specifically, the species known as Coxiella burnetii. Most other rickettsial diseases are spread by the transmission of the bacterium via a tick bite. This disease is spread by breathing contaminated air or eating or drinking a contaminated substance. Farm workers, especially those who work with animals, people who work in slaughterhouses, and veterinarians are especially vulnerable to this disease. Because infection can occur as a result of airborne transmission, this is one of the diseases that has been studied as a possible bacteriological weapon.

Most cases are mild but some (about 2-3% of cases) may be acute and show signs of liver damage (hepatitis), and inflammation of heart muscle (myocarditis) or the heart lining (pericarditis).

Credit to - www.rarediseases.org


Here are some charities/organizations that are similar to Q Fever:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30333

Phone #: 800-311-3435
E-mail:
http://www.cdc.gov/netinfo.htm
Home page: http://www.cdc.gov/

NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892

Phone #: 301-496-5717
Home page:
http://www.niaid.nih.gov/


World Health Organization Regional Office for the Americas
Pan American Health Organization
Washington, DC 20037

Phone #: 202-974-3000
E-mail: postmaster@paho.org
Home page:
http://www.who.ch/


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