Q fever, also known as query fever, is a bacterial infection which is caused by the bacteria coxiella burnetii. It is one of the most contagious disease and is easily spread from animals to humans. . The bacteria are commonly found in cattle, sheep, and goats around the globe. Human beings typically catch this fever when they breathe in dust that was contaminated by infected animals. However, human to human transmission of this disease is rare.

It can occur anywhere in the world and may be acute or chronic and the chronic type can be fatal. The disease can be diagnosed through a series of blood tests.

Affected age group
Age %
0-20 12
21-44 18
45-64 25
65 & older 45
  • Cough
  • Sweats
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Jaundice
  • Headache
  • High fever
  • Joint pain
  • Weight loss
  • Muscle pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chill or sweats
  • Mild pneumonia
  • Clay-colored stools
  • Chest pain while breathing
Worse effects
  • Pneumonia
  • Miscarriage
  • Heart failure
  • Low birth weight
  • Post Q fever fatigue syndrome
  • Premature birth inflammation of the membrane around your brain or spinal cord
Diet tips for Q fever
  • Avoid consumption of milk as livestock animals are more susceptible to this disease
  • Protect yourself by wearing disposable gloves and coveralls during kidding, lambing or calving

To seek guidance on how to treat the disease through natural remedies, consult Dietitian Harpreet on 8728914242