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Dionneplace 10:44, 6 May 2007 (UTC)Hi,

Please be aware, that this article is not finished yet. I am currently working on a slightly more extended version with some more and better facts.

please note: Coxiella burneti not burnetii.Davidwarhurst (talk) 07:22, 12 April 2008 (UTC)

If you happen to be extremely unhappy with how the article is right now, I would love to hear from you.

Regards, --SETh 05:51, 22 Jan 2005 (UTC)

No complaints, and I can leave it alone till you're done if you want, but I'm going to make a quick pass through for wiki-markup....basically, it's best to not capitalize something just because it's an article (like Endocarditis -> endocarditis, and to link to the singular (antibiotics -> antibiotics). Also, I think you're using three single quotes (which make a word bold) where you mean to link things (like people's names). (Also species names are usually italicized). Also, generally don't start with an "Introduction header" so the table of contents isn't the first thing in an article. See if this isn't more like what you're looking for.- Nunh-huh 06:12, 22 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Dear Nunh-huh,

Thanks for your incitement.

This is my very first project and I am far from familiar with conventions. I think I'll have to re-read your suggestions a couple of times untill I understand...

I had just found much more and exciting information about the topic... and if you work on your first one, I recon, you get a bit more emotional about it... ;-)

--SETh 07:37, 23 Jan 2005 (UTC)

It may be preliminar but I find it very good,I added my name to the reference!!!..You are probably from Australia,the vaccine is not available elsewhere.D.Raoult

I have Q fever[edit]

I have Q fever and I was wondering if anyone out there has had and what I can expect from the recovery process. Please respond.

Has anyone ever heard of Q-fever causing chronic neurological signs and symptoms? My cousin was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a few years ago, and recently the diagnosis was changed to q fever. I have never heard of this before...

Dionne, RSA

Difference between US and Europe?[edit]

From the article: "In Europe it appears as hepatitis rather than pneumonia as in the United States." This statement is a little suspect to me. Maybe it means that in Europe when people have hepatitis it is standard to test for Q fever whereas in the US it isn't standard so people with hepatitis may be given an "unknown etiology"? Then I guess the opposite may be happening with pneumonia? I think this needs to be cited and given possible explanations as well. Atherva 23:30, 29 July 2007 (UTC)


You may consider adding a part under "people at risk" to include military personnel. It's not that common, but I had it along with three others while serving in Iraq. There were a few more cases from Afghanistan. I think it's significant enough to mention. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:29, 15 January 2009 (UTC)

Edward H. Derrick[edit]

What year did Derrick first discover C burnetii and name it Q Fever? JD360 (talk) 13:04, 23 March 2008 (UTC)

Infectious dose[edit]

"It can be considered the most infectious disease in the world, as a human being can be infected by a single bacterium" ... the page for tuberculosis makes the same claim, minus the "most infectious disease in the world" part. In the case of TB, "can" seems to mean a 1 in 10 chance. So I suggest that "can be infected by a single bacterium" is meaningless outside of the context of the probability of this happening, and that it's the ID50 (of 1 in the case of Q fever) which really matters here. (talk) 12:39, 9 December 2009 (UTC)

"It is considered a good agent in part because its ID50 (number of bacilli needed to infect 50% of individuals) is considered to be one, making it the lowest known.", may I add that the same ID50 has been talked about in the case of Borrelia Burgdorferi? In the case of Borrelia it is because of the motile speed and alien character of the bacteria, which make it difficult to detect and capture for the immune system. In that case, a new article of infectious agents where ID50 is 1 would be necessary for such numbers to have meaning, because the mode of infection (inhalation) is vastly different from boreliosis (injection by a tick). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:57, 17 November 2019 (UTC)


I would like to see a reference for the infectiousness of pasteurized, but not raw, milk. I find this surprising and have located a brief review (2001) with conflicted conclusions at Regards, JamesBowlin (talk) 08:35, 27 March 2010 (UTC)

I agree, this seemed weird to me too, and looking at the CDC and NIH websites, they both seem to contradict this

" The following measures should be used in the prevention and control of Q fever: ... Use only pasteurized milk and milk products."

"Drinking raw milk has also caused infection in rare cases. "

I can't get access to serious medical papers on this subject, so I didn't want to change the page myself, but CDC/NIH seem pretty good sources for this. Funkytriptoad (talk) 07:27, 19 April 2010 (UTC)

Whoops, second link should have been

Funkytriptoad (talk) 07:28, 19 April 2010 (UTC)


This statement does not make sense to me:

The chronic form of Q fever is virtually identical to inflammation of the inner lining of the heart (endocarditis),[9]

Although Chronic Q fever may cause endocarditis it cannot be virtually identical to it. Endocarditis is an inflammation of the inner lining of heart and therefore cannot be virtually identical to an infection but rather is the manifestation of an infection. Please reword or clarify the statement.

AriaNo11 (talk) 16:52, 24 August 2010 (UTC)

Yes, this bit needs rewritten. Also there is no mention of post-Q fever syndrome. --sciencewatcher (talk) 03:30, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

But it makes sense... for years we know about "post-lyme symptoms", but in many cases it was proven to be still caused by the bacteria (even if not in its spiral form), so the endocarditis in Q-fever, as diagnosed, would be of "unknown origin", unless some specific test comes out positive for Q fever. The trouble is, that any test CAN come out false negative, and even then, the heart specialist would need to know to order one! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:02, 17 November 2019 (UTC)


Review by Didier Raoult and his team doi:10.1128/CMR.00045-16 JFW | T@lk 23:42, 21 December 2016 (UTC)

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Maybe a section in the article should be created for incidents of this rare disease.[edit]

'Dozens' of British troops diagnosed with Q fever — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:15, 23 January 2019 (UTC)

Q-fever name origin.[edit]

The mention is missing, I think it was queer fever, and also connected with Queensland, and there was some great research put into discovering the infectious origing and the strange immune system evasion of the bacteria. The trouble is that the article I have it from was from 1987, with discussion with one of the researchers who made discoveries on the Q-fever. If somebody has the time to research the story, it would be nice to have it added to the article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:08, 17 November 2019 (UTC)

Found it: Query fever. Will add. Amousey (talk) 20:57, 27 May 2020 (UTC)


Can't verify treatment info, which isn't sourced. CDC doesn't mention the need for Infectious diseases specialist, has a more limited range of drugs, says chronic Q fever needs only a few months treatment NORD source has no treatment length for chronic Q fever. Drug info is closer to what's on the page Amousey (talk) 20:56, 27 May 2020 (UTC)