Q fever

Last Modified: Fri, 24 Nov 2023 10:21:34 GMT
Disease name Q fever
Animal Health Law Category if applicable E
Species affected Multiple(not specified)
Description Query (Q) fever (or Coxiellosis) is a zoonosis that occurs in most countries. Humans generally acquire infection through air-borne transmission from animal reservoirs, especially from domestic ruminants, but other domestic and wildlife animals (pets, rabbits, birds, etc.) can be involved. The causal agent is the obligate intracellular bacterium, Coxiella burnetii, which displays different morphological forms in its developmental cycle. Some forms can survive extracellularly and even accumulate in the environment.
Status in Ireland Present
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland Not applicable
DAFM Division Responsible RVL Division
Contact RVLSurveillance@agriculture.gov.ie
Link to relevant external website
Notifiable in Ireland Yes
WOAH Listed Yes
WOAH Link https://www.woah.org/en/disease/q-fever/