• Q-fever in a Refugee After Exposure to a Central New York State Livestock Farm

      Qazi, Mustafa; Weimer, Anita C.; Bedard, Brenden A.; Kennedy, Byron S.; Monroe County Department of Public Health; The College at Brockport; University of Rochester (2016-07-01)
      Q-fever is a zoonotic disease caused by Coxiella burnetii that can create an acute or chronic form of the illness. In March 2014, Q-fever was identified by serology and Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), in a 62 year-old male that was a Nepalese refugee. The male visited a livestock farm with a slaughterhouse in rural Central New York State, twenty-two days prior to onset of symptoms. He had direct handling of goats on this farm prior to slaughter. We describe the case presentation of his illness and the public health epidemiological investigation.