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Symptoms of Q fever include a high temperature, aching muscles and tiredness. Symptoms can take 2 or 3 weeks to appear. Some people have no symptoms.

Q fever is most often caught during close contact with infected farm animals. The bacteria can spread by being breathed in or through touch.

Your GP can arrange a blood test to check if you have Q fever. If you're pregnant, you may need more tests to check if your baby has been infected.

You may be prescribed antibiotics for Q fever if your symptoms are severe or are not getting better.

If you work with animals, you can reduce the risk of getting Q fever by maintaining good hygiene. Avoid close contact with animals if you're pregnant.

Some people have chronic Q fever, where symptoms last for months. This can lead to serious heart problems.

Q fever is a bacterial infection you can catch from infected farm animals. It's usually harmless, but it can cause serious problems in some people.

Page last reviewed: 18/04/2024
Next review due: 18/04/2027