1. Contact the patient’s doctor to:
    • ascertain patient’s history
    • obtain patient’s contact details and permission to contact the patient
    • confirm results of relevant pathology tests.
  2. Contact the patient (or care giver) to:
    • confirm onset date and symptoms of the illness
    • identify likely source of infection
    • identify co-exposed persons and obtain their contact details
    • complete Q fever Disease Investigation Form
    • provide Q fever fact sheet.
  3. Contact laboratory to check samples received and obtain any outstanding results.
  4. Confirm case - assess information against the case definition and classify the case.
  5. Contact co-exposed persons of the patient to identify other possible cases in occupational settings and outbreaks.
  6. Other issues:
    • document case treatment and follow-up of those who are at higher risk of chronic Q fever
    • involve the local workplace health and safety regulator and the relevant animal health authority if Q fever cases occur in an occupational setting where the workplace is the presumed site of exposure
    • consider long term follow up of cases for early ascertainment of chronic Q fever and refer for management.

Return to NSW Control Guideline for public health units for Q fever.​​

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