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Acute Q fever in pregnancy: report and literature review

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Acute Q fever in pregnancy is uncommon, but is probably underrecognized. It results in a significant risk of adverse pregnancy outcome and also predisposes to the development of chronic Q fever in the mother. Here, we review the clinical features, epidemiology, treatment and follow-up of acute Q fever in pregnancy. The potential for transmission of Coxiella to the neonate and birthing suite staff will also be highlighted.

Keywords: Coxiella burnetii; Q fever; acute Q fever; chronic Q fever; pregnant women

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Infectious Diseases Unit, Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Publication date: July 1, 2009

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