Back From the Vet: Q Fever in Goats

My Goats Can Give Me What? 

Back From the Vet: Q Fever in Goats
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 2 minutes Q Fever refers to the infection of people with the bacteria Coxiella burnetii. So how is it that people contract this infection? To understand that, one must understand Coxiella. Coxiella burnetii is, as stated before, a bacteria. It has a worldwide distribution (aside from New Zealand) and is found in both wild and domesticated mammals, birds, and arthropods. It can be spread from animal to animal via ticks and other arthropods. It is also secreted in the bodily fluids of infected animals. In can be found in any area with ruminant livestock. When Coxiella is secreted in bodily fluids, it is excreted in a form that can survive for extended periods in the environment despite drying and the application of disinfectants. In goats and sheep, it can cause subclinical infections, or infections that are not readily visible, as well as anorexia and late-term abortions. Infected animals shed large amounts

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