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Q fever: a rare but potentially life-threatening zoonotic disease
  1. Pranav Mahajan,
  2. Kailash Pant and
  3. Shirin Majdizadeh
  1. Internal Medicine, Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Illinois, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Pranav Mahajan; pranav71293{at}


Q fever can present as a fever of unknown aetiology and can be challenging to diagnose because of the rare incidence. It can present as an acute illness with manifestations, including influenza-like symptoms, hepatitis, pneumonia or chronic disease involving the cardiovascular system. We present a case of a 39-year-old woman in the USA, who developed acute Q fever with associated sepsis and severe hepatitis. She received treatment with recovery from acute infection but currently has symptoms of post Q fever syndrome.

  • infectious diseases
  • liver disease
  • infections

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  • Contributors PM, KP and SM were equally involved in managing the patient during the hospitalisation. PM was mainly involved in acquiring data, analysis and interpretation of data, drafting the case report and revising it critically for important intellectual content. PM was helped by KP to do all the aforementioned tasks. Final approval of this version was provided by SM. PM and KP take responsibility for overall content.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.