Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology

Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology / 1994 / Article

Original Article | Open Access

Volume 5 |Article ID 531807 |

Monique Goyette, André Poirier, Jean Bouchard, Eric Morrier, "Q fever in Quebec (1989–93): Report of 14 Cases", Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, vol. 5, Article ID 531807, 6 pages, 1994.

Q fever in Quebec (1989–93): Report of 14 Cases

Received12 Jul 1993
Accepted25 Oct 1993


Q fever, a zoonosis acquired by inhalation of the rickettsia Coxiella burnetii, is rarely diagnosed in Canada. The world incidence has been increasing since 1960, because of progressive dissemination of this microorganism in animal populations, particularly domestic ruminants. Some recent outbreaks were caused by cats. Of 14 cases reported in Quebec between 1989 and the beginning of 1993, nine occurred successively in an 18-month period in the rural region surrounding Trois-Rivières, after contact with livestock or cats. These cases are reported here, with the results of serological screening of the workers of an abattoir where one of the cases worked. Five additional cases reported in Quebec during the same period are briefly reviewed.

Copyright © 1994 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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