Increase in Q Fever infections in South Australia

Reported cases of Q Fever (a bacterial infection) in South Australia doubled this past year. Although the total number of infected people was 27 cases, health authorities are urging people who work closely with animals (such as cattle, sheep, goats, cats, dogs, camels and kangaroos) and who might be at risk of exposure to consider vaccination against Q Fever.

Advice For Travellers

In Australia, Q fever is typically an occupational disease of meat workers, farmers, hobby farmers, kangaroo hunters, shearers and veterinarians. The risk of exposure for the general traveller is very low, unless the traveller is involved in these activities. Vaccination against Q Fever may be recommended for persons working closely with potentially infected animals.

Symptoms include a fever which may last up to 4 weeks, severe headache, sweats and chills, chest pains when breathing, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Early treatment with antibiotics is very effective.

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