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.

Further information

For further information please see the general Q fever fact sheet or contact your local public health unit on 1300 066 055.

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Information for veterinary staff

See the Q fever fact sheet for veterinary staff.

Page Updated: Tuesday 14 March 2017