Q fever is a bacterial infection that can cause a severe flu-like illness. The bacteria are spread from animals like cattle, sheep, goats and kangaroos. Even people who do not have contact with animals may be infected.

Q fever is serious, but preventable

For some people, Q fever can affect their health and ability to work for many years.

A safe and effective vaccine is available to protect people who are at risk.

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Q Fever - Information for Aboriginal people living in NSW. 56 percent of Aboriginal people diagnosed with Q fever lived in Western NSW Local Health District. In Western NSW 4 out of 5 Aboriginal people who got Q fever were male. One in five hadn't heard about Q fever vaccine. 3 out of 4 were under 30 years. 1 in 3 had been shearing. 1 in 10 got Q fever from a relative's dirty work clothes. Are you at risk? Protect yourself. Protect your family. Speak to your doctor. Especially primary industry job seekers and workers, hunters and shooters, agriculture students and teachers and people in rural NSW.

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Page Updated: Friday 19 July 2019
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