ROBERT J. HUEBNER, M.D.; WILLIAM L. JELLISON, Ph.D.; M. DORTHY BECK, M.A.
Q fever is an acute specific, often serious, and occasionally fatal rickettsial disease of man. It is characterized by a high fever, headache and malaise and is often misdiagnosed as influenza or atypical pneumonia. It is also a disease of animals and it is the animal reservoir of the disease which is thought to be the immediate source of most human infection. Although the causative agent of Q fever, Coxiella burneti (= Rickettsia burneti) has been known and studied since 1937, Q fever, until recently, was looked upon as little more than a medical curiosity of importance to certain communities
HUEBNER RJ, JELLISON WL, BECK MD. Q FEVER—A REVIEW OF CURRENT KNOWLEDGE1. Ann Intern Med. 1949;30:495–509. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-30-3-495
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