Q fever - An emerging infectious disease in Taiwan

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Q fever is a zoonotic infection caused by Coxiella burnetii. Major clinical manifestations of acute Q fever include febrile illness, pneumonia, and hepatitis. Chronic Q fever usually manifests as infective endocarditis, and develops in immunocompromised hosts. In Taiwan, reported cases of Q fever usually present with acute hepatitis or abnormal liver functions, and physicians should make the differential diagnosis with endemic scrub typhus and murine typhus. Clinical diagnosis of Q fever relies on serological examinations. Effective antibiotics for Q fever include doxycycline, fluoroquinolones, co-trimoxazole and newer macrolides. Co-trimoxazole and macrolides are drugs of choice for pregnant women and children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-49
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Internal Medicine of Taiwan
Volume19
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Feb 1

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Emerging Communicable Diseases
Q Fever
Taiwan
Endemic Flea-Borne Typhus
Macrolides
Sulfamethoxazole Drug Combination Trimethoprim
Hepatitis
Scrub Typhus
Coxiella burnetii
Doxycycline
Fluoroquinolones
Zoonoses
Immunocompromised Host
Endocarditis
Pregnant Women
Pneumonia
Differential Diagnosis
Fever
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Physicians

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Internal Medicine

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