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Information from TN Dept of Health about the Ongoing Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Q Fever (Coxiella burnetii)

Reportable by Providers and laboratories
Q Fever (Coxiella burnetii)

Infectious agent: Coxiella burnetii

Description of illness:  Q fever is a disease caused by the bacteria Coxiella burnetii which is found worldwide. The bacteria naturally infects some animals, such as goats, sheep and cattle. C. burnetii bacteria are found in the birth products (i.e. placenta, amniotic fluid), urine, feces, and milk of infected animals. People can get infected by breathing in dust that has been contaminated by infected animal feces, urine, milk, and birth products. Some people never get sick; however those that do usually develop flu-like symptoms including fever, chills, fatigue, and muscle pain.