About Q fever

Q fever is an infection caused by the bacteria Coxiella burnetii, which usually spreads to people from animals or their infected surroundings. For most people, it’s a mild infection similar to the flu and can be treated easily. But for a few people, it can lead to serious health issues such as pneumonia and hepatitis. 

Disease type: 
Zoonoses
Vaccination available under NIP: 
No
Notifiable disease: 
Yes

Prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

Q fever vaccination is advised for people who work with animals. For information about prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, see healthdirect's Q fever page

Surveillance and reporting

Q fever is a nationally notifiable disease

We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS). 

For more on Q fever in Australia, you can search Communicable Diseases Intelligence.  

Last updated: 
14 June 2022