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Q fever

 

Definition: a disease caused by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetii, which is propagated in sheep and cattle, in which it produces no symptoms; human infections result from contact not only with such animals but also with other infected humans, air and dust, wild reservoir hosts, and other sources.

Synonym(s): nine mile fever

[Q, for “query,” so named because etiologic agent was unknown]

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