q fever – manage the risk

25th September, 2019

Q fever is an infection caused by the bacteria Coxiella burnetii that results in flu-like symptoms.

The Coxiella bacteria is mainly carried by cattle, sheep and goats, but it can also be carried by kangaroos, camels, rodents, cats, dogs, birds and wallabies.

Q fever can transfer to people, and is an occupational hazard for tannery and knackery workers, shearers, meat inspectors, dairy workers, animal-farm workers, animal transporters, wool sorters and veterinary personnel.

Vaccination is recommended for workers in high-risk industries.

Find information and advice about Q fever at health.vic, Victoria’s hub for health services and business, here.

To search for a Q fever vaccinator, click here.


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