Q Fever #A2ZChallenge

Bacterial infections are never good. They always lead to fever and other complications. So here is yet another disease which is caused by bacteria.

Writing for Q was not that easy. Firstly, I was not aware of any disease starting with Q and secondly, even I did not find any which was very specific for children. However, I did come across a rare disease which can also be found in children. So after a lot of contemplation, I finally convinced myself to write about this disease.

There are many rare diseases. Q Fever is one of them. Also, known as query fever, it is a bacterial infection caused by the bacteria Coxiella burnetii. This bacteria is found in the goats, sheep and cattle. When a person or a child comes in contact with the contaminated dust by the infected animal they get Q fever. The disease usually displays symptoms very similar to the flu. The mild form of the disease lasts for a few weeks and does not really need treatment. However, the more serious forms a chronic infection.

People who get Q fever are between 30 to 70 years old. In very rare cases, children especially those living on the farm can also get this disease. In children who are younger than 3, the Q fever is generally noticed while examining for pneumonia.

How to Recognise Q Fever:

Symptoms do not show till 2-3 weeks after the exposure of the bacteria. However, when the symptoms do come they are different from person to person. Some of the common ones are:

  • high fever
  • chills
  • cough
  • jaundice
  • nausea
  • diarrhoea
  • headache
  • dry cough
  • pain in the joints
  • abdominal pain
  • chest pain
  • rashes

Cause of Q Fever:

Generally, people who stay at the farm or close to the farm and work very closely with cattle, sheep and goat are at risk of getting Q fever.

It is caused by bacteria commonly passed from the animal’s fluid, milk, urine and faeces. In a rare case, the infection can also occur because of drinking unpasteurised milk.

How is Q Fever Treated:

Treatment is based on how severe the symptoms are. When the fever is mild then it does not need any treatment and a child or person bounces back within a few weeks. However, in case of severe infection, antibiotic is given to both children and adult. The duration of treatment is for 2-3 weeks. In the case of chronic infection, the antibiotics are given for 18 months. If not treated it can give rise to complications affecting the heart, brain, bones, lungs and liver.

The only way to prevent this Q fever is to take precautions by maintaining good hygiene practises in and around the farm. Since it can also be transmitted through milk make sure that the milk is pasteurised before consumption.

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Well, about me I can say that I am a certified dentist, healthcare analyst, medical writer and above all a mother of a 6-year-old. Most of my day to day activities revolve around her and she is my inspiration to start this blog. As a mother, I experimented with a lot of new things for my little one in a quest to find the best for her. I just want to share my experiences of being a happy and content mum.

20 Comments

  1. April 19, 2019
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    I never heard about this disease. Very informative post.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 19, 2019
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      Thanks Srishti

  2. Noor Anand Chawla
    April 19, 2019
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    I have never heard of this disease Shubhra. I’m currently staying at my uncle’s farm with my son and we’re having a great time; but I’m imagining the worst after reading your post! Is it common in India too?

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 19, 2019
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      Don’t worry Noor, just be careful and take the necessary precautions.

  3. April 19, 2019
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    Very interesting. So basically us adults are at higher risk of being hit by Q fever than kids. Informative post yet again. Also, has it happened in India?

  4. April 19, 2019
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    Initially I thought query fever means children start asking tough questions. I have niece she keeps asking questions to everyone around. For a while I thought did she have Q fever like symptom. Thank you for making me aware of a new disease. Never heard of it. Antibiotic for 18 months in a chronic case, is a serious therapy. Which antibiotic is given for such a long period? True those who deal in animals, must take precautions like wearing gloves, using face mast, washing hands etc. Many people in India think such practices are meaningless.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 19, 2019
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      Haha, Abhijit query fever meaning asking too many questions. Nice one. The condition is treated with a combination of antibiotics including doxycycline and hydroxychloroquine for several months. Yes, I agree people in India find these practices meaningless.

  5. April 19, 2019
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    I had no clue about query fever my dear, you left me a little more enriched.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 19, 2019
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      Thanks Roma

  6. April 19, 2019
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    Aah! Q fever seems to be a tricky one, with symptoms noticeable after 2-3 weeks and being similar to flu… Thanks for an informative post, Shubhra.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 19, 2019
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      Thanks, Shilpa

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 19, 2019
      Reply

      Thanks, Vidya

  7. April 19, 2019
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    Another new term for me. I really hope u are planning to convert your posts into an ebook where people can get information about these diseases at one place.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 19, 2019
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      Thanks, Vartika. Yes, I am planning to convert my posts into an ebook.

  8. April 20, 2019
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    Never had an idea that bacterial infection fever is called Q fever. Now I know about Query fever.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 20, 2019
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      Thanks Sanjota

  9. April 20, 2019
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    i had the same thought as Abhijit too – too many queries 🙂
    But It is always good to learn something I did not know before, like I did with your post.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 20, 2019
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      Thanks Vidya

  10. April 20, 2019
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    very informative post. This is the first time I heard of Q fever. keep it up!

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