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  Q Fever



Q Fever

    An acute disease resembling influenza. Q Fever is caused by the strictly intracellular, gram negative bacterium Coxiella burnetii which proceeds asymptomatic and self-limiting in 60% of the cases. The infectious organism is commonly found in cattle, sheep, goats and other domestic mammals. The infection results from inhalation of contaminated particles of the inhaled air. The incubation time is 9-40 days.

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Acute
1. Of short course. 2. Severe, but of a short duration. Not chronic.

Disease
Illness or sickness often characterized by typical patient problems (symptoms) and physical findings (signs). Disruption sequence: The events that occur when a fetus that is developing normally is subjected to a destructive agent such as the rubella (German measles) virus.

Influenza
An acute viral infection involving the respiratory tract. It is marked by inflammation of the nasal mucosa, the pharynx, and conjunctiva, and by headache and severe, often generalized, myalgia.

Fever
When body temperature rises above its normal level - defined as 98.6 degrees F, though it varies by individual and time of day. A fever is the sign of an immune system at work and usually indicates an infection.

Intracellular
Within cells.

Gram
A unit of weight in the metric system. There are 28 grams in 1 ounce. In some diet plans for people with diabetes, the suggested amounts of food are given in grams.

Bacterium
The singular of bacteria.

Coxiella
A genus of gram-negative, rod-shaped bacteria that is widely distributed in ticks and various mammals throughout the world. Infection with this genus is particularly prevalent in cattle, sheep, and goats.

Asymptomatic
The condition of having a disease, but without any symptoms of it.

Organism
A living thing, such as an animal, a plant, a bacterium, or a fungus.

Goats
Any of numerous agile, hollow-horned ruminants of the genus Capra, closely related to the sheep.

Infection
Anything that invades the body and reproduces. Infections can be bacteria, protozoa, fungi, or viruses. Bacteria and fungi are one celled creatures that cause many infections including strep throat, bladder infections, and some lung infections. Fungi cause “athlete’s foot” and thrush, an infection in the mouth. Protozoa are small organisms with many cells that can cause infections in the guts or in the lungs. Most healthy people do not get protozoal infections, but people with suppressed immune systems can. Viruses are not really organisms; they are tiny particles that can live only inside another cell. They reproduce by taking over a cell and causing that cell to make more virus particles, rather than doing what the cell is supposed to do. Viruses cause most colds and flu cases.



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