Q fever is an illness caused by the bacterium Coxiella burnetii. Q fever is spread to humans from infected animals. The bacteria may survive for long periods in the environment as they are resistant to heat, drying and many disinfectants.
Vaccination against Q fever is available and is recommended for people in high-risk occupations. People need to be screened by their doctor prior to Q fever vaccination.
For further information please see the general Q fever fact sheet or contact your local public health unit on 1300 066 055.
Information for veterinary staff
See the Q fever fact sheet for veterinary staff.