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Q fever

noun, Pathology
1.
an acute, influenzalike disease caused by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetti.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; abbreviation of query
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British Dictionary definitions for Q fever

Q fever

noun
1.
an acute disease characterized by fever and pneumonia, transmitted to man by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetii
Word Origin
C20: from q(uery) fever (the cause being unknown when it was named)
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Q fever in Medicine

Q fever n.
An infectious disease caused by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetii, characterized by fever, malaise, and muscular pains.

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Encyclopedia Article for Q fever

acute, self-limited, systemic disease caused by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetii. Q fever spreads rapidly in cows, sheep, and goats, and in humans it tends to occur in localized outbreaks. The clinical symptoms are those of fever, chills, severe headache, and pneumonia. The disease is usually mild, and complications are rare. Treatment with tetracycline or chloramphenicol shortens the duration of illness.

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