LEON ROSOVE, M.D.; HAROLD E. WEST, M.D.; ALBERT G. BOWER, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Q fever was described first as a severe influenza-like disease in Queensland, Australia in 1937, where it affected bushmen, abattoir and dairy workers. Evidence from Australia indicates that the tick (Haemaphysalis humorosa) and the bandicoot (Isoodon torosus) constitute important vectors and a host reservoir. Although ticks infected with Rickettsia burneti, the cause of Q fever, have been collected from several northwestern and southwestern states,1 only a few naturally occurring infections have been reported from this country. It now appears that Q fever is more widespread than originally thought.
Outbreaks of Q fever were reported during the latter part of World
ROSOVE L, WEST HE, BOWER AG. Q FEVER: CASE TREATED WITH STREPTOMYCIN1. Ann Intern Med. ;28:1187–1192. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-28-6-1187
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1948;28(6):1187-1192.
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